NRLM launched in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In a first, the state government on Monday launched National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in its bid to alleviate poverty by enabling gainful self-employment and wage employment opportunities.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the poverty alleviation programme here.

In the first phase, the programme would be implemented in 38 backward poverty-stricken blocks spread over ten districts where the Targeted Rural Initiatives for Poverty Termination and Infrastructure (TRIPTI) project has been implemented.

During the subsequent phases, the mission would extend to Maoist-infested districts. Besides, other districts and blocks would also be covered under the mission. The mission would encompass all the thirty districts by the end of 2017, Patnaik informed.

“Odisha is the first state in our country to formally launch the National Rural Livelihoods Mission. We have plans to reach each and every rural household in our state through this new mission by 2017,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.

The World Bank aided project, TRIPTI, is now being implemented in Anugul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarha and Puri districts for the socio-economic development of the poor and underprivileged people through rural livelihood programmes.

The NRLM targeting to cover around 80 lakh household would replace Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana through Self Help Groups (SHGs).

“We hope that people would be benefited by this programme,” a SHG member Puspanjali Chuarsingh said.