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ONGC project gives fresh lease of life to a near-extinct Tripura tribe

ONGC project gives fresh lease of life to a near-extinct Tripura tribe

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Jan 2018, 02:23 pm

Kolkata/New Delhi, Jan 11 (IBNS): A timely intervention by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) may help the Korbong tribe of Tripura, almost on the verge of extinction, to turn around.

ONGC has adopted Korbongpara village in Western Tripura District to provide basic amenities, including educational support, healthcare, drinking water etc to them as part of the company’s CSR activities.

The Korbong tribe, living in the hills of Western Tripura, today has only 31 families.

The ONGC initiative, a first of its kind, is aimed at creating self-sustaining livelihood to revive the Korbong tribe as well as develop it into a Model Village.

Inaugurating the Project, Dr Ranjit Debbarma, Chairman, Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC, Khumulung) said, “ONGC has been one of the main partners in the progress of Tripura and improving the quality of life in the state."

ONGC has granted financial support to Korbongpara for providing facilities such as community centre, market shed, sanitation, drinking water and irrigation, internal road connectivity, education centres and provision of quality healthcare.

The project will create income generation opportunities for the villagers through pisciculture, duck and goat rearing, piggery farm and cross bred cattle schemes.

During the inauguration ceremony, V P Mahawar, Director (Onshore) ONGC said, “Korbongpara model village is a part of rural developmental programme taken up by the company to develop India’s North East, as envisioned by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. It is indeed a moment of pride for ONGC, offering its first Model village with all the facilities of sustainable livelihood in Tripura."

The Director (Onshore) said that more such initiatives will be taken under CSR.

D.D. Misra, Director (HR) ONGC, who has been leading ONGC’s CSR activities, said “It has always been a focus area of the company to reach out to the grassroot level in terms of providing support for education, healthcare and skill-development. It is a proud feeling to promote Korbongpara as a model village."

Shashi Shanker, CMD ONGC, said “The turnaround of the village into a smart village in one year’s time is a remarkable achievement. We at ONGC, are committed to the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society."

According to ONGC,  its initiative has already started paying off as has been witnessed by the increase in education standards in the recent exams.

In the year 2016-17, ONGC spent Rs 526 crore on its various CSR projects. Education, Healthcare, Sanitation and water facilities, Women Empowerment and Livelihood creation are its major focus areas.

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