Number of people from KBK (Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi) region in Odisha (India) migrate to other big cities in persuasion of better life, leaving behind their land, age old occupations, sibling, children and parents to face destiny. Lives of their loved ones left behind have been torn apart due to lack of basic infrastructure, employment, education and food. In recent past extremist elements have trickled into this region and are exploiting talented but hapless youth. Government declared 7 out of 8 districts in this region as Left Wing Effected (LWE) thereby discouraging doctors to practice, rural schools to regularly function and industrialists to set up industry. Presence of extremist elements has considerably affected morale of the law enforcement agencies; as a result law and order situation particularly in rural areas is deteriorating. People of this region are showing very little hope for future; their aspirations are getting systematically killed. Spirit of the region is shattered and self esteem decimated. Free mid-day meal for children, old age and widow pension for elderly and destitute and similar few other Government supports appear to be the binding factor allowing some people to live in this region, which occupies 30.59% geographical area of Odisha state and is bigger than some of the Countries in the world.
Such aforesaid existential issues however, did not stop few people of KBK region to unleash their potential. Over the period of time this region produced some scientists, doctors, good lawyers, engineers in all fields, academicians, leaders and visionaries, who together formed elite strata in KBK. These prosperous and successful people today are working with some of the best institutions of India and abroad.
Shanmuga Patro, a successful lawyer practicing at Supreme Court of India and different High Courts of Indian states, who hails from Nabarangpur town in KBK district thought of bringing together concerns, talent and some of the resources of aforesaid KBK origin professionals to set up a model institution in KBK. And his efforts gave birth to Govindalaya in May 2012.
Govindalaya is a humble initiative to inspire, empower and handhold people living in KBK through providing better amenities in rural areas. Its operations are centred in and around Nabarangpur district which is at centre of KBK region.
Current resources: Presently Govindalaya has a secretariat at Nabarangpur with 12 full time employees, 52 local volunteers, more than 100 professionals spread in different parts of world offering time and donations, 31 Acres. of own land, three training institutions for farmers, tailoring & computer training, a fleet of vehicles for patient and dead body transportation, an institutionalised helpline for people to avail organisational services. Please see time-line of Govindalaya’s growth.
|11th May 2012||Registration of Govindalaya as a Public Trust.Commencement of office in Delhi.||A formal organisational structure with its own rules & regulations came into existence.|
|25th May 2012||Launch of www.govindalaya.org||An online platform for people of KBK origin living in different parts of world to get connected was put in place.|
|30th May 2012||Registration with Government of India & Planning Commission.||Govindalaya was allotted Unique Id. DL/2012/0055754 on NGP Partnership System web portal http://ngo.india.gov.in/|
|1st June 2012||Regional office was set up at Nabarangpur District Head quarters.||Our office has been working as an information kiosk helping many to get associated with us.|
|25th July 2012||Introduction of Blood donors’ directory and mobile helpline (9178877399 & 9178877588) for people in need of blood.||Through such helpline many a patient in need of blood get in touch with interested blood donors of the blood group they are in need of. Donors on receipt of information have been donating blood generously.|
|22nd Sept. 2012||Purchases 31 Acres. of Land for construction of “Centre of Empowerment” at about 8 Kms. away from Nabarangpur District Head quarters.||Training-cum-demonstration horticulture & agriculture farms, rural technology are being planned. Well known landscape architect Shri. Bijayram Das is designing the project.Already a multipurpose all whether shed has been constructed and periodic farm scientist and farmer consultations are being held.|
|18th Dec. 2012||Income Tax department declared Govindalaya as a Charitable Trust under Section 12A & 80G of Income Tax Act.||Donors started getting tax benefits. So far we have received around 25 lakhs as donation.|
|2nd Feb. 2013||Govindalaya created a facebook page to increase its reach. https://www.facebook.com/Govindalaya||Social media commenced acknowledging Govindalaya’s activities. Presently 350 people follow us on daily basis.|
|30th June 2013||Introduction of Patient Transport service||So far we have transported 195 patients to hospitals at Nabarangpur, Koraput, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jagdalpur & Visakhapatnam. District medical is one of the beneficiaries of this service.|
|9th to 18th July 2013||Provided science exhibition interpretation services to Bio-diversity special Science Express (a joint initiative by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and VA Sarabhai Foundation).||Thousands of students of KBK area benefitted from such interpretation.|
|Sept. 2013||District Administration empanelled us as partner NGO to implement Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA)’s district level programmes for 2013-14.||Many a farmer was trained in better farming practices, agriculture and horticulture technologies.|
|1st March 2014||Learning & Awareness Centre at Nabarangpur was set up to promote computer literacy.||Through this 20 seater training centre Govindalaya so far has trained around 300 persons in computers. Basic level courses are taught here only for a fee of Rs. 375/- to economically weaker section.|
|18th April 2014||Infosys donated hardware to augment our infrastructure. With this help we set up another centre at Borigumma in Koraput district.||This centre so far has trained around 100 persons in computers.|
|9th May 2014||NEILIT (erstwhile DOEACC), a Government of India’s accrediting authority declared Govindalaya as a Facilitation Centre to it’s trainings.||This made Govindalaya the only Government recognised computer training institution in Nabarangpur. We are now offering BCC and CCC courses.|
|15th Aug. 2014||Local MLA volunteered to be with us for flag hoisting ceremony.||School children, youth and villagers of Nandahandi block of Nabarangpur district stated celebrating Independence day and Republic day on our site.|
|26th Aug. 2014||We approached Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) to declare our site as an extension education centre for University Students and to train locals in better and scientific agriculture and horticulture practices.||Our proposal is under consideration. In the mean time Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Umerkote commenced periodic visit to our site and training to locals.|
|Sept. 2014||Partnered with Odisha Bamboo Development Agency and planted bamboo on 2 Hect. Land with an aim to develop a bamboo nursery, children park and picnic place for villagers.||In 4 years time this will give livelihood to 50 villagers.|
|October 2014||Introduced Hearse Van to transport dead bodies.||By now we transported 52 dead bodies from different hospitals and accident spots.|
|2nd Nov. 2014||Govinddalaya was granted permission to set up and manage 13 Common Service Centres to promote e-governance programme of Government of India.||Training of Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE) to manage such CSCs in each panchayat is undergoing.|
|26th Feb. 2015||Govindalaya received Google Ad Grants award. The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organizations that share Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords.||This development gave opportunity to give advertisement worth 10,000 USD per month through google sites and products.|