In the year 2006, Government of Odisha formed a society named ‘Orissa Poverty Reduction Mission (OPRM)’ to implement various poverty reduction programmes in the state, which was reconstituted and renamed as ‘Odisha Livelihoods Mission (OLM)’ an autonomous society under the aegis of Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Odisha, presently implementing both National Rural Livelihoods Mission and National Rural Livelihoods Project. Odisha was the first state in the country to launch National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in its bid to bring down rural poverty by promoting diversified and gainful self-employment to the rural poor. Poverty eradication program runs on a mission mode having focus to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the rural poor households and nurture till they are come out of poverty and lead a quality life. This is a centrally sponsored scheme with a proportionate ratio of 60:40 between Centre & State. OLM has put in place a dedicated and sensitive support structure, to take the rural poor households out of poverty line trough capacity building, financial assistance and self-reliant institutions. Odisha Livelihoods Mission commenced its functioning in year 2012. Subsequently World Bank aided TRIPTI project has been merged into OLM since the mandate of TRIPTI was very much similar. OLM has reached out to 30 districts in Odisha through both intensive and non-intensive approach. While 24 districts with 88 blocks have been covered under Intensive implementation approach. The rest of the blocks and districts are worked upon through non-intensive mode. A total 2, 65,000 SHGs are NRLM compliant acros
s the state by October 2015.
Odisha Livelihoods Mission aims at:
• Mobilizing all the poor households into functionally effective SHGs and their federations;
• Enhancing their access to bank credit and other financial, technical and marketing services;
• Building their capacities and skills for gainful and sustainable livelihoods development;
• Converging various schemes for efficient delivery of social and economic support services to poor with optimal results. .