Bhubaneswar, Feb 2:
The ‘Community Resource Persons Model’ used by the Odisha government to secure land rights for the poor in the state has bagged the second prize in the category of ‘Access to Public Entitlements’ at the Bihar Innovation Forum II – an event that aims to identify, recognise and scale high-impact livelihood innovations. The award consists of cash worth Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a trophy.
The event was organised by Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project- JEEViKA (livelihood) being implemented by Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) – an independent society of the Government of Bihar with support from the Government of India, Government of Bihar and the World Bank. The event showcased 67 shortlisted innovations under eight livelihood themes including agriculture, livestock, financial services, rural energy, ICT-based solutions, skill development and non-farm sector, access to entitlements and access to services.
JEEViKA recognised the Community Resource Person (CRP) model as a unique innovation developed by Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute), a global non-governmental organisation working for land rights of the poorest people. Felicitating Landesa as one of the 27 innovators from among 500 high-impact innovations and rural solutions from across the country at Patna on Friday, the Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar said that the objective of the project JEEViKA is to improve livelihoods of the rural poor through social and economic mobilization and to enable them to access credit, assets and services.
The Chief Minister expressed his appreciation of the CRP model that was piloted in partnership with the state government in 36 villages across three districts including Ganjam using a cadre of trained local youth to support field level revenue officiasl in the land allocation process. The Chief Minister and the JEEViKA team appreciated Landesa for its collaboration with Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) implemented by ST and SC Development Department to scale the CRP Model to 1056 project villages across seven districts and its subsequent expansion, in partnership with Government of Odisha, to all villages in 118 tribal sub-plan (TSP) blocks of the state which an aim to provide land to 3 lakh landless families.
The JEEViKA team called for Landesa’s support in designing and implementing of a land allocation programme in Bihar.
“Landesa will work closely withthe JEEViKA team to expand the CRP model to Bihar’s all the 534 blocks in 38 districts. The programme would cover about 1.5 crore households in 44878 villages in the state of Bihar. ” Sanjoy Patnaik, State Director, Landesa, said on the occasion.