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ISED Openings in Kerala Post-Flood Enterprise Development Initiative (KEPFEDI)

Kerala, the God ‘own Country’, is in a mega flood trap. It has already paralyzed the State. More than 13.5 lakh people were evacuated and transferred to official Rehabilitation Camps; almost  three times this number have been unofficially accommodated by local people. Though human and animal casualties, and destruction of property and infrastructure  are yet to be estimated, the State’s commendable rehabilitation initiative, as a mass movement, has  already gained international attention.

A striking picture left over by the disaster has been the shattered regional economy, wherein, the livelihoods of  lakhs of  people have been put on break, either directly, or indirectly. This includes, lakhs of self employed, and  marginal producers, and their workers. Beyond the too small share of employment(13.62  per cent) provided by the corporate sector, Kerala’s  significant non-agricultural employment opportunities lie with the largely invisible  unorganized enterprises. Between life and death, they have mastered the art of survival. It is such invisible capabilities that provide hopes for a “New Kerala”. It is necessary to identify, document , and  preserve such capabilities in the forthcoming reconstruction initiative of the State.

It is now time to plan for reconstruction of the State and its economy. ISED considers it  to be a duty and moral responsibility to contribute its small mite to this huge State level initiative. At this Institute, we have decided to set up a   humble initiative called,’Kerala Post- Flood Enterprise Development  Initiative(KEPFEDI)’.

The Project

A State-level reconstruction initiative, obviously, need to be a huge collective initiative, in which , all stakeholders have their important role: the State Government, LSGIs, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and their Associations, NGOs, professionals etc. ‘Enterprise Development’ is a key component of such an initiative in which, professionalism has to play a critical role. ISED, as a socially responsible entity feels duty-bound on this.

Te project proposes the nuts and bolts of a reconstruction  strategy, supportive to the laudable initiatives of  the Government of Kerala, and of the LSGIs. The Government of Keala would have to evolve a  strategy around  the following components:

1) a scientific assessment of the  damage occurred to enterprises and related infrastructure;

2)to document the entrepreneurial perception on the consequent impact on entrepreneurial confidence.;

3) to draw up a strategic plan for reconstruction and ways of bringing back the entrepreneurial confidence;

4) to showcase the vibrancy of the enterprise sector before the investor community, so that the negative perceptions relating  to ‘ease of doing business’, if any, can be corrected, and the positives offered by the massive rehabilitation drive  be show-cased before the international community.

While the  above initiatives will happen as the outcome of the joint initiatives of Keralites around the world, ofcourse with the support of the nation as a whole, during the next couple of months, there is the immediate imperative for a more focused and  professionally-tuned interventions as follows:

  1. Development of a strong evidence-base on Kerala ‘s enterprise scene today;
  2. Outlining a set of strategic  tools and interventions, based on the State’s own  experience, and of other States/countries;
  3. Bring such locally relevant new ideas into public debates; and
  4. Link up with relevant institutions that can take such ideas forward to the context of local economic development.

Activities

The activities envisaged under this Project are the following:

  1. Subsector Strategies, through field investigations and consultations, to be taken up by promotional and financial institutions

2.Sensitisation of Local Governments, and public authorities, through effective dissemination of best practices.

3.Business Development Services to potential investors and entrepreneurs.

4.To disseminate the track record of innovations at the ISED Small Enterprise Observatory to the benefit of Kerala’s reconstruction.

With the seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation of all stakeholders, and of the well-wishers of Kerala around the world.

ISED Invites applications from cheerful and service minded people of any age, who are ready to extend their energies and capabilities  as  potential Team Members.

Positions Available:

The Institute invites applications from service-oriented Personnel/Volunteers, in the following areas:

1)Researchers/Development Practitioners

Persons with background in any Social Science or Science and Technology background, with a strong aptitude for research and/or development practice. Age/education  are not the primary criteria.Need to be strongly service oriented and adaptable.

2) Stipendiary Assistants

Proactive and service-oriented persons with a strong aptitude for research and/or development work/social service. Age/education  are not the primary criteria. However, Graduates from the flood affected areas will be given preference. Basic computer skills/communication skills needed.

3) Field Investigators

Proactive and service-oriented persons with a strong interest in field data collection from households and businesses. Commerce/Economics/Management Graduates preferred. But, education  is not the primary criterion. Graduates from the flood affected areas will be given preference. Basic computer skills/communication skills desirable.

Desk Assistants

Persons with good language skills(English and Malayalam) and computer skills. Skills in drafting and communication would be desirable. Persons with media background also may apply.

Period of the Opening: Short-term and/or Long- term.

Education and Skill set: General Criteria

  • Preferably Graduates/Post graduates
  • Analytical Skills
  • IT Skills
  • Communication skills in English and Malayalam
  • Interview Skills for Field Investigation.

Remuneration:

The services of applicants will be considered essentially as Volunteers. However, Stipend/ small remuneration will be considered in exceptional cases. Candidates demonstrating significant service mentality, drive, proactive behavior,  and capabilities,  will be included in the Institute’s Roster for other openings that are likely to come up  in the in the near  future.

Interested candidates may forward their applications to the Director, Institute of Small Enterprises and Development( email: hr.udyoginstitute@gmail.com)

http://www.isedonline.org/news&opinion.php

 

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ISED Openings in Kerala Post Flood Enterprise Rehabilitation Initiative (KEPFERI)

Kerala, the God ‘own Country’, is in a mega flood trap. It has already paralyzed the State. More than 7.5 lakh people have been evacuated and transferred to official Rehabilitation Camps; almost  three times this number have been unofficially accommodated by local people.. Human and animal casualties are yet to be estimated.

While the regional economy of the State has been practically devastated and shattered, the livelihoods of  lakhs of  people have been put on break, either directly, or indirectly. This includes, lakhs of self employed, marginal producers, and their workers. It is now time to plan for reconstruction of the State. ISED considers it  to be a duty and moral responsibility to contribute its small mite to the State Government and its laudable initiatives. At this Institute, we have decided to set up a   humble initiative called, Kerala Post Flood Enterprise Rehabilitation Initiative (KEPFERI).

A reconstruction initiative, obviously, need to be a huge collective initiative, in which, all stakeholders have their important role: the State Government, LSGIs, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and their Associations, NGOs, professionals etc. ISED proposes to fully utilize its limited professional capabilities to draw up a strategy for reconstructing the enterprise base of the State, and to bring it back to its vibrancy.

Te project envisages preparation of a draft reconstruction strategy, for the consideration of the Government of Kerala, and of the LSGIs. It involves two components: 1) a scientific assessment of the  damage occurred to enterprises and related infrastructure; 2)to document the entrepreneurial perception on the consequent impact on entrepreneurial confidence.; and 3) to draw up a strategic plan for reconstruction and ways of bringing back the entrepreneurial confidence; 4) to showcase the vibrancy of the enterprise sector before the investor community, so that the negative perceptions relating  to ease of doing business, if any, can be corrected.

This highly time-bound project envisages development of an integrated strategy, taking into consideration, the specific needs of: 1) micro enterprises and livelihood activities; 2) MSMEs; and  3) Medium and large units. The challenge and imperative is such that, the Project should come out with its results within the next two months. With the seed money that we have put in, ISED looks forward to take the Project forward with the active co operation of all stakeholders, and of the well-wishers of Kerala around the world.
ISED Invites applications from cheerful and service minded people of any age, who are ready to extend their energies and capabilities as a potential Team Member.

Positions Open: Stipendiary Assistants and Volunteers

Period of the Opening: Three months

Education and Skill set:
•    Preferably Graduates
•    IT Skills
•    Communication skills in English and Malayalam
•    Interview Skills for Field Investigation.

Special preference will be given to candidates from the flood -affected areas.

Remuneration:
The services of applicants will be considered essentially as Volunteers. However, Stipend/ small remuneration will be considered in exceptional cases. Howe ever, candidates demonstrating significant service mentality, drive, proactive behavior,  and capabilities  will be included in the Institute’s Roster for other openings that are likely to come up  in the in the near  future.

Interested candidates may forward their applications to the Director, Institute of Small enterprises and Development ( email: hr.udyoginstitute@gmail.com)

http://www.isedonline.org/news&opinion.php


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Kerala Floods As Toll Mounts to 357, CM Vijayan Says Centre, State Must Work Together in Crisis

In a much-needed respite to rain-battered Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said the rainfall intensity in the state will reduce in the next two to three days. Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20, IMD Additional Director General said today. Meanwhile, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 500 crore relief for the Kerala floods, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the Centre has been “helpful” and that the state and Centre has to work together to manage such situations like it did during Cyclone Ockhi. The Kerala deluge has meanwhile left huge piles of garbage lying on the washed out roads of Kerala, triggering serious health concerns. Help is pouring in from all quarters, including other states, with Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and Delhi chief ministers announcing immediate assistance to Kerala residents. The red alert, which was earlier issued in 11 of the 14 districts, has now been reduced to 3 districts. Kerala has been reeling under murderous monsoon, which has claimed 324 lives so far.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/kerala-floods-live-updates-cm-pinarayi-vijayan-says-centre-state-must-work-together-in-crisis-modi-govt-was-helpful-1848643.html