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WOMEN EMPOWEMENT: SHG - Self Help Groups

Now a days the people have realized the importance of SHGs in micro credit at village level- The need for small savings is maximum among the poor, the self help groups motivate the members to make small - small saving within the group. It has been notice that even the poor people do not find it so difficult to save in such small amount, these small savings can be combined for further loaning through association with local banks. At present STEPS has organized 354 women SHGs and 71 men SHGs in Kunigal taluk, Turuvekere taluk, Sira taluk of Tumkur district and Sindgi taluk of Bijapur district. All these groups have started internal lending and 223 groups availed loan from local banks.

Alcohol De-Addiction Program

Karnataka State Temperance Board is an autonomous body under the Government of Karnataka entrusted with task of eradicating alcoholism and hazardous drug addiction through public awareness programs and educational programs involving various governmental and non-governmental agencies

STEPS has undertaken several programs to promote its objectives, and the “Alcohol De-Addiction Program” is one such program.

Activities undertaken by this program Conducting the training program to the volunteers and women’s self help groups in the area.

Organizing meetings at the village / block level to initiate the program, and organizing processions, street plays, etc., to create awareness.

Organizing the training programs to the youth clubs & women’s SHGs, to enable them to conduct a base survey of alcoholics & drug addicts in the village and to carry out the counseling activities for the primary consumers, regarding the hazards of alcohol and drugs.

Monitoring the base survey of alcoholics & drug addicts through periodic meetings, assessing the level of addiction, categorizing the consumers into primary (those who would recover by mere counseling), secondary (those who need de-addiction camps), and tertiary( those who may need even hospitalization) levels and recommending remedial measures to be undertaken.

Objectives of Alcohol De-Addiction Program

01 Launching anti-alcohol & drugs campaign in Bangalore city and Nanjangud town with a thrust on rural areas and alcohol prone uneducated mass.

02 Involving the rural youth & women through youth clubs & women’s self help groups in the campaign and sensitization of the local community to promote a primary prevention initiative

03 Creating models of alcohol & drugs free villages and a chain of villages, and to incorporate the model of early detection of brief intervention.

04 Establishing a system & tradition of non-alcoholism & prevention of abuse of drugs, and a grass root initiative against alcoholism & drug abuse.

05 Ultimately & gradually moving towards an alcohol & drugs free Karnataka.

Monitoring the counseling activities by the youth clubs & women’s SHGs by regular interactions with them.

STEPS has conducted Awareness Programs / Street Plays in the following areas / places Karnataka State Temperance Board is an autonomous body under the Government of Karnataka entrusted with task of eradicating alcoholism and hazardous drug addiction through public awareness programs and educational programs involving various governmental and non-governmental agencies.

STEPS has conducted Awareness Programs / Street Plays in the following areas / places

  • Sunkadakatte busstand
  • Sunkadakatte pipeline
  • Laggere
  • Nandini Layout
  • A.P.M.C. Yard
  • Yeshwanthapur busstand
  • Yeshwanthpur railway station
  • Malleshwaram 8th Cross
  • Toll Gate
  • Vijayanagar
  • Vijayanagar busstand
  • A. Dasarahally
  • Magadi Main road – Near Om Prabha college busstop
  • K.H.B. Colony
  • Kamakshipalya
  • Summanahally busstop
  • Parimala Nagar
  • Geleyara Balaga
  • Mahalskhmi Layout
  • Kurubarahally
  • Mudalapalya
  • Kalyanangagara
  • Maruthi Nagara
  • Ranganathapura (Malleshwaram)
  • Sheshadripuram – Central
  • Magadi road (Near Prasanna talkies)
  • Papireddy Palya
  • R.P.C. Yard south gate
  • R.P.C. Yard west gate
  • Yeshwanthapur
Solid Waste Management- Samartha Project

Enhance Waste Collection Opportunity using ICT for Waste Pickers and Scrap Dealers of 8 Zones of BBMP Zone

Urbanization is increasing at an alarming rate with an increase from 3 to 17 per cent in the last five decades. Due to lack of appropriate employment opportunities, a large number of workers in informal economy are engaged in municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector. It is estimated around 10,000 to 15,000 waste pickers and 700 to 800 waste/scrap dealers are engaged as informal workers in Bangalore City. Although these workers play a vital role in dealing with the waste generated in the valley, the profession harbours negative stigma unrecognized by the society as well as the local and state authorities. They live in squalors mostly on slums. Poor hygiene practices and compromised living conditions make them vulnerable to various life threatening diseases. Waste workers are often exploited socially and economically. They find it hard to fight this exploitation due to a range of factors including their lack of bargaining power, illiteracy, lack of market information, and lack of skills and technology which can help them add value to the materials they collect and recycle. None of the current policies or plans includes social protection provisions which could help improve the situation, and raise the status of the profession.

Various political, legal, cultural and social conditions determine the best possible approach to informal sector integration, and local & regional contexts must be taken into account. In India, especially in Karnataka, waste picking, along with any work related to garbage or the handling of carcasses and human excreta is traditionally bound to the ‘untouchables’. The informal waste sector is socially stratified in a pyramid with scrap collectors (waste pickers and itinerant waste buyers) at the bottom and re-processors at the top. An efforts is being made by local NGO‘s to organise the waste pickers through Samartha Program.

Samartha aims to determine the factors for successful informal sector integration in solid waste management systems in order to design measures for integration of the informal workers in waste management strategies. This success seems to depend on the capacities of the informal sector to organize, to manage their businesses efficiently and to influence public and political opinion, on the political will to integrate the informal sector and on the possibilities for collaboration with the formal private sector and other actors

STEPS inherits the methodology to formulate and implement its programme(s) which need an effective Management Information System (MIS) that can generate useful information on BBMP informal waste pickers to facilitate effective decision making. In order to strengthen the implementation of programme as a whole including planning, delivery and monitoring, it is imperative to resort to the use of modern tools of solid waste management.

It is imperative to ensure that the directives of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike which mandate segregation at source for bulk generators are being properly followed. By institutionalizing access to clean, segregated dry waste, the working conditions of these informal sector waste workers will be exponentially improved. This, in turn, will improve the quality and nature of the work.

ICT Services: The STEPS NGO has performed the principal services outlined below as a part of responsibility for the supervision of the works. The services rendered with the qualified professional staff with relevant experiences.

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