GLF organises conference on rural livelihood

Panaji: The Goa Livelihoods Forum (GLF) and Forum for Integrated Development and Research organised a roundtable conference ‘Thinking forward –Rural livelihoods’ which was attended by local farmers and company CSR representatives.  While speaking to the stakeholders, Kamakshi Pai, general manager NABARD urged locals to go back to agriculture which was the basic occupation of our ancestors. “Even the ministry of agriculture has its mission and vision focused on doubling the farmer’s income and increasing the cash flow available to them” says Pai. She also disclosed that according to a rural survey conducted by NABARD the agricultural income for the rural household increased by 40 percent in the year 16-17. Charudutta Panigrahi, mentor GLF pointed out that the returns from agriculture are not treated as lucrative as tourism or mining “Through the conference we want to discuss, share and learn the challenges from the practitioners themselves. If we have a land we need to understand the technology, linkages and aggregation needed to sustain in this profession” says Panigrahi.  Recently the GLF released a white paper on Goan livelihood an in depth authoritative report after undertaking a fix of qualitative and quantitative research.


GRSE signs contract for 8 ASWSWCs for Indian Navy

Mumbai: In the emerging competitive scenario, it was a huge boost for team GRSE when the shipyard was declared successful in the competitive bid for design, construction and supply of 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWCs) for Indian Navy. RFP was issued by Indian Navy to DPSU Shipyards and Indian Private Shipyards in April 2014, with GRSE emerging as the successful bidder. The contract was signed on April 29, 2019 between Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) and Government of India, Ministry of Defence.  The order value for these 8 vessels is Rs 6311.32 crore. The 1st ship is to be delivered within 42 months from contract signing date and subsequent balance ships delivery schedule will be 2 ships/year. The project completion time is 84 months from date of signing the contract. GRSE is currently handling major projects to make 3 Stealth Frigates for Indian Navy under P17A Project, ASW Corvettes for Indian Navy, LCUs for Indian Navy, 04 Survey Vessels (Large) for Indian Navy, FPVs for Indian Coast Guard etc.