Kapil Kaul visits BISWA
TATA AIG POLICIES SURPASS 7K FIGURE
Health camp and rally at Chhamunda
A health camp was organized by BISWA at Chhamunda school pre-mises of Chhamunda GramPanchayat on 31
October 07, with this a rally alsowas organized there. School students took part in this rally and made it success-ful. Dr. Dhabaleswar Choudhury, Additional Chief District Medical Officer joinedas the Chief Guest. Physician Dr. Usharani Mishra of Jujumura hospital checkedup the patients. On behalf of BISWA Mr. Surya Narayan Mahapatra, projectco-ordinator, distributed medicine at free of cost to the patients. Mr. BhabaniShankar Mishra spoke about health issues to the students, participated in therally. More than 200 patients were treated in the camp.Mr.Sanjay Dhal, Mr.Hansadhwaja Gadia,Mr. Prasant Rana,Ms Rasmi Mahapatra,CFO-NRHM andMs. Binodini Swain attended the camp on behalf of BISWA.
In a review meeting of the Dis-trict Coordinators; Mr.K.C.Malick,Chairman, BISWA declared that TATAAIG LIFE Insurance Policy will be ex-tended to 21 more BISWA operationalDistricts. He further said, “We are pro-gressing in a very strategic manner with TATA AIG Insurance. To strengthen theinitiativethemaximumcontribution wouldbe your efforts and commitments. Thisis in the interest of the future of the orga-nization. So we are supposed to work ina professionally manner with more com-mitments.”Recently, Mr. Manish Lalwani,Senior VP and Zonal Business Head(East) and Mr.Joydeep Kar, Tata AIGLife Chief Distribution Officer had beenMr.Kapil Kaul ,Country Head of Helpage India paid avisit to BISWA for two days,on 30
of October’ 07along with Prof. Bhagaban Prakash, Advisor to BISWA.They camefrom New Delhi & were received at Biju Pttanaik Airport,Bhubaneswar by PrafullaDhal on behalf of BISWA.Thetwodays visit of the guests was co coordinated by Mr S.P.Meher,Public Relation Manager. Mr.Mihir Nath Dist.Coordinator,Sambalpur organized their visit to villageKuturajuri in Maneswarblock, where at they met office bearers and members of BISWASHGs.They interacted with themand tried to know the details of how SHGs of BISWA are functioning at grass root level. Fromthere they visited village Bausenmura the same day and lookedover of Vita Goat project, being installed there.In the afternoon they visited central office complex of BISWA and observed theoperational process of theorganization.In theevening they visited Dhanakaudafederation officeof BISWA. Therethey interacted with thefederation officebearers and gath-ered information on how federation, formed by BISWA, arefunc-tioning .Next day in themorning they visited Hatibari Health Homeand took notes of its various operationalised projects. The sameforenoon they were made a visit to common facilities centre atRengali to look into its production systemand discussed with arti-sans present there. In the afternoon they attended a staff meetingof BISWA at BTI hall.Mr. K.C.Malick, Chairman, BISWA appraised themabout various aspects of the organization and operation sys-tem. Both the guest-Mr.Kaul & Prof. Prakash expressed theirutmost satisfaction over the formationand functioning of BISWA.to Bhubaneswar and addressed apress conference there in this con-nection.Mr. Lalwani said,” Micro insur-ancepenetration has increased signifi-cantly in Orissa with Tata AIGpartnering BISWA, oneof hecountry’slargest MFIs( Micro Finance Institu-tions ), to provide
savings-linkedmicro insurance cover
tomicrofinancecustomers. Within periodof 4 months of the partnership, over7000 policies havebeen issued and theplan envisages providing 20,000 addi-tional policies by theyear-end.His statement clearly en-dorses viewpoint of Mr.K.C.Malick,Chairman, BISWA,as he said let uswork together to achieve the target.
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ORIENTAL’ LAUNCHES HEALTH INSURANCE
t is now well known that BISWA is a corporate agentof Oriental Insurance Company Limited. It has tied up withthe Company for insurance of its assets. Recently, the com-pany has entered into Health Sector insurancealso. TheHealthInsurance Scheme for BISWA was formally launched in theMonthly Review Meeting of the District Coordinators in theHead Office at Sambalpur on 02-11-07.Mr.R.N.Das, Sr. Divisional Manager, Mr. Prasanjit Hazra,Assistant Divisional Manager and Mr.Jamil Ahmed, Devel-opment Officer fromSambalpur Branch Office of OrientalInsurance Company Limited were present in the meeting. Mr.Dharmendra Padhi, State Coordinator, Chhattisgarh intro-duced the officials and outlined the purpose. Then Mr. Hazrawelcomed all and spoke about the Oriental Health Scheme. Then followed the interactive session. Several queries wereraised and were clarified by Mr. Das and Mr. Hazra.Someof thehighlights of theSchemeare: lesser premium, no roleof third party andcamp officewith officials fromtheCompany to
function at BISWA Head Office. Thiswill ensure quick settlement of claims. Besides, there is a provision for transportationallowance and compensation for the insured SHG member in case of hospitalization.Claimprocedure is simple and claim documents are not too many. These pointswere elaborated by Mr. Ajoy Kumar Shroff, Manager – Insurance, BISWA. Mr.Shroff spelt out the need of awareness among the SHG members. He requestedthe District Coordinators to give equal importance to timely information, submis-sion of documents and follow up for early settlement of the claims.
Mr. Das assured them all possible cooperation from the Company. He soughttimely submission of the documents for early settlement of claims. The meet-ing ended with his vote of thanks.
Training on Good Governancein Voluntary Organization
A training programme on ‘GoodGovernance in Voluntary Organizations’was organized by the Institute of PublicCooperation and Child Development,Regional Center Guwahati from 9
Oc-tober to 12
October 2007. In this train-ing programme participants fromAssam,Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal and Orissaparticipated actively. BISWA also partici-pated in it. On behalf of BISWA, Mrs.Bani Mahapatra attended the trainingprogramme. Thefour days training programmecontained need for good governance involuntary organizations, norms, ethicalstandards and processes towards goodgovernance, role and responsibilities of board members in good governance, HRpolicies, framework of effectiveHR poli-cies, importance and need of human re-source development for voluntary orga-nization, project preparation, group dis-cussion on good governance, financial,accounting & budgetary systemin goodgovernance, financial review, monitoringand reporting for maintaining of good gov-ernance, good governance andsustainability of programme, annual re-port, the different strategies adopted forsustainability of programme, legal frame-works for good governance in voluntaryorganization, registration & income taxlaws, other legal compliance for goodgovernance, documentation, necessity of documentation in the organizational de-velopment.In the concluding session, feedback on evaluation was taken from theparticipants and they were awarded withcertificate fromthe Regional Director Mr.P.K.Bhattacharjee.
India,a country with population over one billion,has its own problems and one of its worst problems isunemployment in a massive scale. It has been estab-lished that no government has capacity to address theproblemon its own. In such a scenario, the responsibil-ity is bound to be shared by private sectors in generaland NGOs in particular. Hence BISWA has taken of thistask voluntarily and fixed a target by itself to createone million employment opportunities by end of March2011.Though it looks a Herculean task, but BISWA hasits own strategy to achieve it. All possible opportunitiesare being pondered. With its SHG members’ strength be-ing closed to four lacs, the taken up task is no moreundaunted. All possibilities are being worked out withexploiting all available resources. In this connection ourcollaboration with ITC to create some employment op-portunity in the urban areas is meaningful step, of course. Incidentally the CSR policy of ITC is closelymatching our needs. As a result of it ‘Project KafeKhushi’ got launched at Sambalpur on 29
October2007. To our happiness, the local urban body SambalpurMunicipal Council provided piece of land as a supportto this project. Though it looks like a humble step, butits prime important cannot be undermined. We may boastto say that this is an ideal example of public privatpartnership(PPP).