Report by Priyabrata Nayak, Bhubaneswar: Odisha Livelihood Mission will intensify its activities for strengthening community level institutions to make its interventions self-sustaining. This has been decided in the Governing Body Meeting held under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik in Secretariat Conference Hall day before last.
Chief Secretary has directed the Mission to prepare the SHGs and Producer Groups to make proper use of more and more money which is likely to be pumped in coming days. Sri Patnaik has emphasized on hand holding support to producers at filed level and enhancement of their skill to produce more and more in accordance with market demand.
It has been decided in the meeting that the Mission will adopt three pronged approach in its attack on rural poverty. These are Social Mobilization (including poor, livelihood collectivities, capacity building), Financial; Inclusion ( Bank linkages,community level institutions, insurance), Economic Inclusion ( reduce vulnerability, enhance employability & micro-finance). One woman from each household will be included as member in SHG. Each SHG will have 10-20 members. This SHG will be linked to Cluster Level Federation which will consist of two members for each SHG. 5 to 15 SHGs spread over 1 to 2 villages will be organized in to Cluster level Forum ( CLF).
Three members from each CLF will form Gram Panchayat Level Federation (GPLF). The Representatives from GPLF will form Block Level Federation (BLF) Each cluster (CLF) will have one Community Mobilizer. Each GPLF will have one Community Professional, and one Book Keeper. Each Block will have 4 Professional Resource Persons (PRP). PRPs will provide requisite service to GPLFs, CLFs, and Producer Groups & GHGs.
Community Resource persons will be chosen from among the practitioners and members of the SHG who will operate at GP level on performance based incentive for support activities to producers groups. One livelihood Consultant will be engaged at district level to provide technical know-how.
It has also been decided that SHGs formed earlier and not functioning regularly will be revalidated as per revised guide lines. Skill training will be provided to producers and farmers. SHGs will be provided with more seed capital and revolving funds. The Revised Annual Action Plan has been drawn up with a budget of Rs.240 Cr. Which includes the principal components like institutional building, financial inclusion, livelihood promotion, social inclusion and project management. The proposal has been approved for engagement of 2597 such filed level functionaries on deputation, fitting from similar projects and fresh selection from market.
Chief Secretary has advised OLM to utilize the services of those who have already earned experience of working in livelihood projects and anti-poverty schemes of Government. Patnaik has however cautioned to engage persons with right kind of orientation and commitment to work with people at grass root level.
Secretary Panchayati Raj, Smt. Aparajita Sadangi, Secretary ST & SC Dev. Santosh Sadangi, Secretary Fisheries & Animal Resource Development Sri Satyabrata Sahoo along with other senior officers participated in deliberations while Director NRLM, Sri D.V.Swami presented the issues for discussion