Social Initiatives for Growth and Networking

April – June 2020


Entire world is currently facing its worse humanitarian crisis due to COVID-19. While Maharastra, Gujrat, Rajsthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh are worst affected states of India, Jharkhand is not far from this. Till date (29thJune 2020) in Jharkhand there were total 2426. Till 29th June East Singhbhum had maximum number of patients 381 patients, Simdega 353 patients, Ranchi was 3rd with221 patients, then followed Hazaribagh 193 patients, Kodarma 176 patients,Dhanbad 153 patients, Ramgarh 120 patients, Gumla 117 patients, Garhwa 103 patients, Giridih 92 patients, West Singhbhum 58 patients, Lohardaga 57 patients, Latehar 54 patients, Sariakela 53 patients, Palamu 51 patients, Chatra 47 patients, Bokaro 45 patients, Devghar 42 patients, Pakur 31 patients, Jamtaraand Khunti 28 patients each, Godda and Sahibganj 9 patients each and Dumka 7 patients.

Jharkhand Government was trying to mitigate the hunger of the migrant labours, the aged, widows, beggars, leprosy patients, by asking Mukhiyas to distribute the ration from their own fund or by opening the doors of PDS for these hungry needy people, but more hands were required, therefore few NGOs came forward to distribute dry ration or cooked food to the needy. Church in Ranchi also came forward to join hands in sheltering migrants in 14 of their school. Beside joining the effort of the Church in Ranchi, SIGN distributed dry ration to rag pickers viz. Malar Kocha (Samlong), people affected with leprosy viz. Indiranagar Leprosy colony, Nirmala Leprosy Colony and Tapovan Leprosy Colony, daily wage workers, widows, hawkers, cleaners, maids, blind beggars, sex workers and disabled people in as many as 9 different pockets of Ranchi District. Till date SIGN has distributed dry to more than 2500 families. In addition to these, SIGN also took care of those who have migrated from Jharkhand to states like Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Pune, Gujarat, Bangalore, Hyderabad. SIGN is linking them to the Forum Directors, Diocesan Directors and staff of Caritas India working in the area for their safe shelter and proper food. SIGN has thus far succeeded in sheltering 432 migrants. Thanks to all the Caritas India staff, all the forum Directors and the Diocesan Directors, who are taking care of Jharkhand migrants in their respective places.




During this pandemic, whenentire nation was under lockdown, SIGN in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund” (UNFPA), on 6th June 2020, organized a Zoom orientation program on “Orientation on Gender Biased Violence During COVID-19 Lockdown”for all the partners involved in the health service. In this orientation program Dr. Bimla Upadhyay and Mrs. Shobhana Boyle UNFPA were the guest resource persons. During this all the partner dioceses’ Father Directors along with their Health coordinators and representatives from likeminded NGOS and all the staff of SIGN participated in this Online Orientation Program.


The online orientation program started with a small prayer by the SIGN staff followed byWelcome address to Guest Speakersand all the participants by Father Bipin Pani, the Director of SIGN. Dr. Bimla shared the information on“Maternal Health and Essential Reproductive Health Services during COVID-19”. She said that disruption in reproductive health services for women, riskier home births may result in maternal and infant mortality. She also said that increased unmet need for contraception, there is possibility of many unwanted pregnancies and she added that lockdown and restricted mobility may cause unwanted maternal morbidity and mortality. She gave some general advice to be given to the pregnant women and advise she mentioned for the antenatal care. She said that before, during and after child birth every woman has right to high quality care. She said all the woman has the right to safe and positive child birth so she insisted on Institutional delivery. She also talked about sign and symptoms of COVID-19. She said COVID-19 affected mother can breast feed her child, if she wish so. Then she gave some tips for breast feed for the mothers affected with COVID-19.

Then Ms Shobna Boyle talked on the topic“Gender Based Violence during COVID-19 and The Role Of Social Workers”. She said that each crisis affect each individual be male or female, young or old so also during this pandemic COVID-19 is affecting each individual differently, but women are mostly at the receiving end.


Women, as front-line health workers, are more expose to virus. They have increased burden of household work. All these result in violence at home. She said that as a social worker we should not talk about the violence unless the victim is alone. Win the confidence of the victims so that she opens up, whenever possible. Network with local elected members, she contact numbers of Helpline, Anganwarisworkers and Sahiyas, so that victims get support from everywhere. Thus it was very much beneficial for the participants in this online orientation program.


Zoom meeting on MGNEREGA Schemes of Jharkhand Government


On 13th of June 2020 SIGN team hosted another Zoom Consultation-cum-Workshop on the Role of NGOs in implementing Three Newly launched Schemes of Jharkhand and MNREGA was organized for all the diocesan partners, like minded NGOs and Faith based organizations of Jharkhand. the agenda of Jharkhand Government MGNEREGA work under which there are three schemes are lunched by the Jharkhand government due to COVI–19 pandemic for the rural people for the purpose of generate employment.


Mr. Balram, the member of State Council MNREGA and Ex. Advisor to the Commissioner Supreme Court was the Resource Person for the same. Virtual meeting began with a Short Prayer by Walter Kerketta and Welcome Address by Fr. Bipin Pani, Director of SIGN. In his welcome address Fr. Bipin welcomed the Resource Person and all the participants and introduced the agenda and objectives of the meeting. The following organizations were present in the meeting.


Resource person gave a brief information about the major provisions of three newly launched schemes viz. Birsa Harit Gram Yojana, Neelamber-Pitamber Jal Samridhi Yojana and Poto Ho Khel Vikas Yojana by Honorable Chief Minister of Jharkhand on 5th May. He also highlighted MNREGA Schemes playing important role in these schemes. He said that Birsa Harit Gram Yojana is supposed to generate 250 million mandays benefitting 0.5 million families with patta of 100 plants each. After three years it is supposed to bring INR 50000 per annum to each family, whereas Neelambar- Pitambar Jal Samridhi Yojana, which is basically a watershed program, is supposed to generate 100 million mandays, increasing water conservation capacity up to 500 billion liters by creating field bunding, lose boulder structure, renovation of streams and soak pits. The third scheme i.e., Poto Ho Khel Vikas Yojana is supposed to generate 10 million mandays by creating 5000 Khel Madan all over Jharkhand and motivating youth to take up sports as their career and later on absorb them in the government jobs as per their capability. He said that all these mandays mentioned in schemes will be done through MNREGA.


Having explained the Schemes, the resource person shared the role of NGOs during and after pandemic period in implementing these schemes through MNREGA. How we could help our people to get jobs in MNREGA? How to demand for work? How to and whom to complain if any malpractices taking place in implementing MNREGA? The workshop was useful for all the participants.



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