Communication Barriers :
Language was not a barrier in communication as far as office work was concerned, as majority of the communication was restricted to English language. Whereas, barriers were there in field work in villages of Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. The villagers used to speak local language which is a blend of Hindi and some local dialect. I am also not comfortable with Hindi as it’s not my mother tongue.
Overcoming the "Language" barrier:
I paid kind attention to the speakers at village during field trip. NGO field staff assisting my field work was quite helpful and helped me in understanding the language.
Attitude was a major barrier in communication at Bureaucracy and Red Tapism was the main attitudinal problem we faced while communicating with some of the higher level government officials. Some of them considered us as students who only want to complete their report work and withheld the required information.
Overcoming the "Attitudinal" barrier:
Due to this attitudinal problem a lot of time was wasted in communicating our objectives and requirements to these people. Even though we had all the authorized documents from the MoEF and Forest Department, we additionally had to provide them with the consent of FD officials both verbally as well as in writing to allow us gather required information.
No barriers which we faced during the course of our internship can be classified as structural.
During our SI we faced a number of situational communication barriers. For instance, for a 10 am appointment with an NTPC Korba official we had to wait till 4:30 pm to meet the official since they had an impromptu meeting with a higher official. Due to this a lot of time and energy was wasted and the progress of our report was hindered.
5) Communicators' Weakness
Although all the officials we interacted possessed good knowledge of their field, we faced few problems due to...