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  project name ~ Three Year Perspective Plan 2005-2007

category ~ community empowerment




  Project Name


Three Year Perspective Plan 2005-2007



RVC (Rural Volunteer Center)



community empowerment







  Budget Approved


$ 10000


  Year Approved







1   2   3  

  Chapter Coordinators


Ashish ranjan
kamayani swami
Devashree Saha
Haripriya Sridharan







RVC Campus





The embankment on Brahmaputra (4454 kilometers) constructed during fifties to fend the onslaught of the river has waned out with advent of time out of retaliation of the river. Numerous open breaches on the embankment channelised the monsoon rising water of the river to thousands of villages through out the state affecting lakhs of people. Development of new breaches has turned into a yearly phenomenon. Shifting of rivers mainly the tributaries of Brahmaputra is the other vital aspect associated with flood.

The attitude of the state organs towards flood management is mostly reactionary. The attitude of the state machineries on the subject in this part of the country largely reflects traditional defence that disasters are an “Act of God” and the event is the beginning and end of the effort on defining a disaster. Consequently management chapter of disaster emphasizes on reactionary approaches i.e. rescue and relief largely ignoring the vulnerability and preparedness aspects to mitigate the disaster.

The whole situation leads to pauperization of the riverine community living for years on the bank of Brahmaputra or its tributaries destroying their livelihood opportunities and forcing them to displace. The failure of the state government to internalized vulnerability and preparedness measures in management of flood have been attributing in large towards increase of disaster events from year to year and have already marginalized a huge chunk of population out of damage to their traditional livelihood practices mainly the damage to their agro based resources. The second major livelihood activity of the community in this part of the country is livestock rearing but the sector is yet to get organize and the people yet to explore it to the fullest in a scientific way. The situation has been shown in the flow chart.

The strategy:

In the afore said frame work (salient features and policy environment) the strategy of RVC would to concentrate on 30 flood vulnerable/ recurrent flood hit villages in Sissiborgaon block of Dhemaji District concentrating on

(1) Strengthening of coping mechanism of the community with flood

(2)Alternative livelihood generation for the marginalized section of the flood vulnerable/flood affected people in the coming three years (2004-2006).





1. Formation of Duryug Pratirudh Samiti (DPS) comprising 11 members, with minimum 3 women members in 7 villages of Silashuti Panchayat 2. Cleanliness campaign with the help of DPS. 3. Discussion about SHG formation and formation of SHG.





Expected outcomes: Generation of 30 numbers of Duryug Samiti in 30 flood vulnerable/flood affected villages (encompassing as much possible villages) which would strengthen the community’s capacity to mitigate the miseries of flood in their own initiative. A permanent way of addressing the havoc of flood in community’s initiative will come into existence, where the community will start contributing towards the process after initial support from the project. Organized mass base under the able leadership of the Duryug Samitis and logical support from the project will come into action to influence the state policy in favor of the flood victims. Accessibility to safe drinking water as well as control of water borne diseases (dominant in the flood time among the children mainly) will be ensured involving a huge chunk of marginalized flood vulnerable/flood affected people. System development to influence the practices of the community to explore the potential domain of animal husbandry in an organized way. A community managed community fund will generate in 30 villages, which in turn will create the enabling environment for the community to take the responsibility of the future development take-off (both at individual beneficiary level as well as community level) in their own initiative. Marginalized Community’s participation in the process would build self-confidence of the community to participate strongly in the government’s entitlement related decision making process mainly in the local governance system. Capacitate and equipped peoples’ organization to influence state policy through networking and alliance building in favor of the flood affected and marginalized section of the community will come into existence.



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