NaRKEL (Coconut) Project in South 24 Parganas of Sunderban

Coconut, well known as Tree of Heavens, is fully exploited for manifold purposes in traditionally coconut growing countries like India. The fact that the importance of coconut is very well understood all over the country, could well be judged by the exalted position it occupies in its use in worship or in other auspicious functions.

The current emphasis is towards protecting the environment from various industrial wastes, to exploit the potential of by product utilization and recycling, to use coconut products and by products in protecting the nature etc. On exploring this possibility, admirable results can be obtained. 

The Sundarban Delta is always known as cyclone prone area. To create an improved eco-system in the region of Sundarban Delta, Mukti has been taking up the Coconut plantation programme. This effort is not only help improve the economical condition of the poor rural families significantly but also protect their lives and livelihood from the frequent cyclone /Aila sort of disaster. 

Mukti is attempting to spread over this coconut planting programme under the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in many other Blocks of South 24 Paraganas in collaboration with the West Bengal Government. 

Mukti started coconut planting programme in the year 2008. Mukti in 2010 planted 234 coconut trees on the bank of the river and by the side of the existing brick road of the village. The trees grow in the nature as usual. Mukti distributed another 450 coconut plants through Panchayet with the involvement of Block Development officer, Mathurapur-II, Block, 24 Parganas South. The concept of this coconut programme is to maintain by the communities and people will be the owner of the project. Each plant will give Rs. 1,000 guaranteed income per year without any recurring expenditure. It will resist erosion of embankment of rivers and in directly the houses and property including live stocks of the villagers will be saved. 

Control Global Warming, Save the Sunderban Rally

 

On 7 December, 2009, a rally program held from Victoria Memorial gate to Netaji Indoor Stadium to raise a voice against the Save the Sunderban Rallyglobal warming and the fatal impact of it on the delta region of Sunderban. Almost 30,000 people including environmental activists, journalists, common people and school students from different regions participated to that rally. They all raise their voice for the same issue. Activists of Mukti participated and spread their specific demands for sunderban at the program. Activists and members of Mukti distributed fliers and cards to the Honorable Minister Mr. Kanti Ganguly, honourable delegates Mr. P. K. Banerjee, Mr. Sailen Manna, Mr. Masdur Rehman, Mr. Santipada Ganchowdhury and others. They also distributed those papers to participating people, students and press journalists. 

At 10-30 am, the rally stared and reached the destination at about 12-30 pm. After a lunch break, Mukti attended the seminar inside the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Mukti took the initiative to launch a common forum to save and work for the Sunderban. They are inviting all likely minded people, NGOs and associations to join this forum and work together. The demands from Mukti are here:

  • We need a monitoring and measurement body, who will be continually monitoring Suderban, and design project for appropriate measurement.
  • Along with human flood relief centre, we need to setup sufficient wild animal rescue flood relief centres.
  • Sunderban need national and international fund to act for stopping deforestation, and increase forestation.
  • Climate change human and Save the Sunderban RallySave the Sunderban Rally refuges need proper rehabilitation where international organization/country must be funding for these.

It was a great success of MUKTI!!

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