Report by Dipti Ranjan Kanungo; Bhubaneswar: The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launches National Rural Livelihoods Mission ( NRLM) – Odisha in the SIRD campus, Gopabandhunagar. Minister of Panchayati Raj, Women and Child Development Prafulla Samal ,MP Dr Prasan Patasani, Legislatures Ashok Chandra Panda, Bhagirathi Badajena and Bijaya Kumar Mohanty grace the occasion as Guest of Honour.
With this Orissa on Monday became the first state in the country to launch the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in its bid to bring down rural poverty by promoting diversified and gainful self-employment to the rural poor. NRLM will replace the Swarnajayanti Gram Swrojgar Yojana ( SGSY )) aimed at poverty reduction.
In the first phase, NRLM has been launched in 38 backward poverty stricken blocks of 10 districts where the World Bank-funded Targeted Rural Initiatives for Poverty Termination and Infrastructure (TRIPTI) is being implemented. Though objectives of NRLM and TRIPTI are almost same, the former is now restructured to target the poorest of the poor who have been uncovered yet.
In the second phase of the project, Schedule Areas, including four blocks from 11 districts covered under Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project (WORLP), JEEVIKA and The Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Programme (OTELP) and five Left Wing Extremists- affected districts such as Gajapati, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Deogarh will come under its coverage. By the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan, all 30 districts would have come under NRLM.