Augmenting livelihoods of Juang (PVTG) people through OPELIP initiatives
India has made momentous progress in reducing multidimensional poverty. Though the traditionally disadvantaged groups – across states, castes, religions, and ages –are still the poorest, they have also experienced the biggest reductions in Multi Dimensional Poverty Index through the decade, showing that they have been “catching up”.
With the support of Department of ST & SC Development Department, Govt. of Odisha and Juang Development Agency (JDA) as the MPA, WOSCA has been facilitating OPELIP Project covering 31441 population and 5806 Households (PVTG & other tribal poor families) of 54 villages of 6 GPs of Banspal block of Keonjhar since June 2017. For operationalization of the programme activities, 5 Programme managers, 3 CRPs (Livestock Inspector), 3 CSP (Agriculture) and 30 CSPs have been deployed as per the guidelines of the OPELIP Project.
The overall goal of OPELIP is to achieve, enhanced living conditions and reduced poverty's of the target group households. This is sought to be achieved through realizing the development objective of enabling improved livelihoods and food and nutrition security primarily for PVTG households, other tribal households and other poor and Schedules Caste (SC) households. This in turn is achieved via building the capacity of the target households, securing them their entitlements over land and forest, improving their agricultural practices for enhanced production, promoting income-generating microenterprises for alternate livelihoods and ensuring access to education, health and other services and improving community infrastructure.