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MoU to Improve Quality of Life in Arunachal Pradesh

Chumthang News Service,
IMPHAL/2015: Arunachal Pradesh on Friday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Trusts to work towards sustainable development and improvement of the overall quality of life in the state.
Tata Trusts’ associate organisation, the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) would implement the programme in the state which would benefit 6,000 households located in Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts. NEIDA in co-ordination with the state government collaborates to reduce poverty for low income rural households in the state. The MoU was signed between Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi on behalf of the state government and Burzis S Taraporevala representing Tata Trusts for a period of five years.

While the total outlay of the programme is Rs 14 crore, Tata Trusts would contribute grants totaling to Rs 6 crores. The remaining funds would be raised from various sources, including the community in the district. Tata Trusts would focus on reducing poverty for low income rural households in the state through enhancing pig rearing management practices, increasing the productivity of rice, maize and horticulture crop (orange) through adoption of improved cultivation practices and scientific management of orange orchards and enhancing forest based livelihoods and conservation initiatives, thereby enabling each household to earn an income of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum.

Other pilot projects that are in the pipeline would focus on education, drinking water & sanitation to improve the overall quality of life of the households in the state. Taraporevala, Secretary and Chief Accountant of Tata Trusts said, “The Trusts have invested an amount of Rs 1.43 crore in the state till March 2015 in the sectors of agriculture, natural resource management, etc. There is a demand for such development initiatives and the community is keen on contributing and taking ownership of the project for their betterment. ”

Tata Trusts would design the implementation strategy and ensure overall governance of the initiative, including financial due diligence while, the state government would synchronize actions of concerned government departments and agencies for successful execution of project objectives. The state government is expected to co-finance the programme through its schemes such as NRLM, MGNREGA and key development projects.

“A State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) will be constituted to review the progress of the programme and provide direction for future course of action. Tata Trusts and SLSC will jointly review the progress and shall meet on an annual basis under the chairmanship of the CS,” Negi said. “District Level Coordination Committees comprising representatives from the state government, Tata Trusts and NEIDA, will also be formed to monitor the developments. These committees will be under the Chairmanship of the concerned Deputy Commissioner,” he added.

NEIDA operates in three states and has its offices in Kohima, Aizawl and Papumpare. NEIDA will partner with select local NGOs and village level Project Management Committees (PMC). Tata Trusts are amongst India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations that work in several areas of community development. It seeks to be catalysts in development through giving grants to institutions in the areas of Natural Resources Management, Rural Livelihoods, Urban Livelihoods & Poverty, Education, Enhancing Civil Society and Governance, Health and Media Arts, Crafts and Culture.

Source: N.E.T

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