MGNREGS-NRLM convergence

Detail Description The MGNREGS-NRLM convergence strategy is being implemented in 3 blocks (Bansapal, Telkoi and Harichandanpur) of Keonjhar district on pilot basis since July 2015. The Blocks have been identified by the District administration because of its larger concentration of vulnerable groups especially the PVTGs, availability of natural resources etc. The MGNREGS-NRLM (National Rural Livelihood Mission) convergence strategy has been developed by Panchayti Raj Department, Odisha to assist the vulnerable households to graduate from their current unviable and risky livelihoods to more viable and sustainable livelihoods and thus come out of poverty through collective and converged efforts of MGNREGS and NRLM. It aims at promoting self- reliance and improving the livelihoods base of the MGNREGS workers so that they can move from the current partial employment to full employment status and thereby gradually reduce their dependency on Mahatma Gandhi NREGS. Strategies Adopted During the IPPE-II efforts were made to include projects for creation of durable assets and securing livelihood of rural households. For each village or cluster of villages, a nodal officer from the government has been entrusted with the responsibility of taking up the issues and concerns of the village. At the beginning, a quick assessment was done by district team to observe institutional arrangement under NRLM, coverage of NRLM, key livelihoods sectors and sub sectors, potential products, trade route of products, availability of natural resources, extent of dependency of local communities on the resources etc. Based on the assessment some livelihoods models and interventions have been designed. Capacity of variety of institutions like Women SHGs, Village Development Committee, Joint Forest Management Committee, Primary Agricultural Cooperatives, Youth Clubs etc. were build up through training, handholding and systematic guidance. Measures have been taken to ensure at least one community projects in each village to provide round the year employment under MGNREGA. Massive land development has been undertaken and made cultivable. Farm ponds have been undertaken in a massive scale in the piloting area to address water scarcity problems. Minor irrigation Department was instructed to go forward with their works in convergence with MGNREGA. Plantation work in the catchment areas has been taken up and the dying springs and stream has been rejuvenated by adopting traditional watershed approach. Under NRLM, market linkages for raw and value added products were given top priority. Marketing of arrowroot and tamarind, linkage has been established with Foster Brothers, Bhubaneswar, an organic trading unit which deals with all types of NTFP and exporting of organic products. Market Promotion Board was set up which will also help in regulating the pricing arrangement of selected products, facilitate with the state owned agencies like TDCC,ORMAS etc to procure, add value and market the produce collected by the primary producers. On priority basis, youths from registered households under MGNREGA who have worked for at least fifteen days in the previous year have been identified for skill training under the DDU-GKY skilling initiative. The objective of this initiative strives to enhance the annual income of the targeted households beyond 100 days by providing training and employment to the unemployed youths. Creation of 30 model entrepreneurs (10 in each block) is underway and 30% of identified beneficiaries have been taken for skilling under DDU-GKY. Impact In Keonjhar, a total of 63,11,527 persondays have been generated during 2015-16 of which the contribution of the three pilot blocks is 28 %. The average persondays in Bansapal Block is much ahead with 51 person days per household in Bansapal block whereas it is 46 person days per household in Keonjhar district. The women participation in Bansapal Block is 44 % which is much ahead of the district average. Besides, more numbers of works have been taken up in the convergence blocks that helped in enhancing the performance of the scheme in the Blocks. During 2015-16, as many as 21526 households were benefitted under various livelihood activities which were taken through MGNREGS- NRLM convergence. Initial estimation shows each household earned an additional income of 8,000 to 10,000 within 6 months depending upon the types of livelihood activities like vegetable cultivation, watermelon cultivation and NTFP etc.
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