Thursday, 4 December 2014
A Challenge in Communication - Dr. Lona Nayak
It takes a lot of grit and determination to organize a system for improved communication with project affected people (PAPs) and make plans for the rehabilitation to be carried out in that area.……………….
Although lack of communication is a major pitfall while dealing with tribal communities in project areas, I believe that sufficient level of information and communication between project management and local communities can easily bridge the gap....My former services demanded my expertise in dealing with the
tribals and maoist and develop strategies for the development of project-affected people (PAP’s). I recall, a milestone that I achieved immediately after my continuous dialogues with the PAP's was a positive participation of local communities in the rehabilitation and resettlement committees. During the committee meetings many problems of the tribals were discussed for instance, choosing the desired habitation for
displaced families, health and hygiene and many others. There were several occasions when the project has suspended activities as protesters were demonstrating against future mine activities. I have always maintained that regardless of the tensions, the management should continue its social engagement workshops...
I believe that sufficient level of information and communication between project management and local communities can easily bridge the gap....
Dr. Lona Nayak, CEO,