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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 3)
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Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study on Quality of Life of People Around Bargarh Cement Works of Orissa (India)

P.C.Mishra, Braja Kishori Mishra, P.K.Tripathy, Kumarmani Meher and M.K.Pradhan
Corresponding Author:  PRAMOD CHANDRA MISHRA 

Key words:  Cement industry , people , socio-ecological, health and Nutritional status, quality of life, ,
Vol. 1 , (3): Page No: 93-110
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2009 Sep., 02 2009 Sept., 14
Abstract:

A detailed field survey was undertaken in 20 villages within 05 Km’s radius of Bargarh Cement Works to assess the socio-economy profile, health and nutrition status and quality of life of people in order to assess the contribution of BCW on their responsibility towards the community. The survey was organized to collect information on socio-economic variables at the village level from census data of the government as well as household level data through questionnaire method. The study focused primarily the village level analysis and variations across social groups as well covering three aspects viz., Socio-economic profile of the region and the people, health status of people and assessment of Quality of life of the people and the villages. As regards the socio-economic profile the study attempts to present village wise analysis of demographic characteristics, caste distribution, occupational structure, availability of social amenities on the basis of secondary data. Village-wise malnutrition status in terms of weight for age and Body Mass Index of the sample belonging to < 5 years, 5-16 years and >16 years of age were calculated. When scores were assigned on per cent of normal population at each age-group in each village, Patikarpali, Chandipali Halanda and Deultunda scored more than 80%, Gudesira, Turunga, Baulsimgha, Haldipali, Nuagudesira scored between 60-80% and rest <60%. The villages like B isalpali, Tukurla Ghupali, Khaliapali, Murumkel, Ambapali, Deogaon, Bardol, Padhanpali, Katapali, Piplipali requires immediate intervention to meet their nutritional requirements through awareness campaign and training. Prevalence of higher proportion of normal children in almost all villages might be attributed to longer duration of breast feeding in the locality. In all the age groups, proportion of females with malnutrition has been more than the males. The percentage of females with normal nutritional status were 9, 14 and 76.3 % in 0-5, >5-16 and >16 years category respectively in comparison to 20.5, 29.9 and 76.3% in male category. Table 32 reveals that around 21% from male child category (0-<5 yrs) and 30% from age-group of >5-16 yrs were normal in nutritional status. The percentage of norm al female children w ere still less, i.e only 9% and 14 % respectively. The children suffering from severe malnutrition was 25% in the agegroup of >5-16 years where as it was 9.7% in 0-<5 yrs age-group. Less proportion of children belonging to malnourished group (Fig. 2) may be due to prolonged breast-feeding practices prevalent in the area. A slightly higher proportion of the population belonging to age –group 5-16 years showed poor nutritional status (severe malnutrition) in comparison to <5 years as well as >16 years. This perhaps indicates that this section of people was not able to meet the nutritional needs as per the requirement for the growing period. On the basis of the value function based on 14 indicators which also include the socio-economic profile , the QOL (Quality of Life Index) of different households were computed for the different villages . It is observed that for the over all sample households the quality of index stands at 4.19, which is considered to be “Average” in the value function. Village- wise it is noticed that the villages with slightly improved position were Gudesira, Turunga, Deogaon, Bardol, Katapali, Chandipali and Nuagudesira, where the status is considered “Fair”. On the other hand villages which witness low est quality of life and recorded as “Poor” were Bisalpali, Piplipali, Tukurla and Halanda. Rest of the 9 villages are considered having “Average” quality of life. Highest quality index was registered by general caste followed by OBC and the lowest index is noted for SC followed by ST. However only general caste recorded a “fair” quality of life compared to all other groups identified as having “Average” quality of life.Occupation wise it is noticed that highest index was registered by service class followed by business and household industry (with a “fair” quality of life) and the lowest was noted in case of persons dependent on forestry (with a “poor” quality of life) followed by non- agricultural labour, artisans and agricultural labour, with “A verage” quality of life. Cultivators were found to be having a “A verage” quality of life as well.
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P.C.Mishra, Braja Kishori Mishra, P.K.Tripathy, Kumarmani Meher and M.K.Pradhan, 2009. Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study on Quality of Life of People Around Bargarh Cement Works of Orissa (India).  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1(3): Page No: 93-110.
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