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Abstract

The focus on building community relationships in order to bring development in the physical and social environment has been spurred by conditionalities imposed by World Bank and growing realisation of dissatisfaction caused by Coal India''s operations among the local communities. The case describes the process through which Bharat Coalfield Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, designs and implements Community Development Programs with the involvement of district authorities, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the affected people themselves. Hostility of the local community towards the Durgapur Opencast Project on the one hand and the project authorities lack of empathy towards the affected people mark the beginning of the case. The case then shows how the company''s approach has shifted from one where development activities were undertook on the basis of only ''project authorities perception of peoples'' problems'' to concerted effort to understand problems and mitigate them by involving people in development activities. The case also shows how the developmental activities undertaken in the past have not found praise of the local communities since the company undertook development activities without involving or consulting the affected persons. The case highlights the role that NGO''s can play not only in involving the affected people but also in co-ordinating the activities of various agencies viz company, district authorities and local community. While the case acknowledges the fact that involvement of NGO''s has led to improved community relations, it concludes by asking whether the improved relations with the community will result in improvement of the standard of living of affected people.
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Large
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1997

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Abstract

The focus on building community relationships in order to bring development in the physical and social environment has been spurred by conditionalities imposed by World Bank and growing realisation of dissatisfaction caused by Coal India''s operations among the local communities. The case describes the process through which Bharat Coalfield Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, designs and implements Community Development Programs with the involvement of district authorities, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the affected people themselves. Hostility of the local community towards the Durgapur Opencast Project on the one hand and the project authorities lack of empathy towards the affected people mark the beginning of the case. The case then shows how the company''s approach has shifted from one where development activities were undertook on the basis of only ''project authorities perception of peoples'' problems'' to concerted effort to understand problems and mitigate them by involving people in development activities. The case also shows how the developmental activities undertaken in the past have not found praise of the local communities since the company undertook development activities without involving or consulting the affected persons. The case highlights the role that NGO''s can play not only in involving the affected people but also in co-ordinating the activities of various agencies viz company, district authorities and local community. While the case acknowledges the fact that involvement of NGO''s has led to improved community relations, it concludes by asking whether the improved relations with the community will result in improvement of the standard of living of affected people.

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Location:
Industry:
Size:
Large
Other setting(s):
1997

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