|In development paradigm Rayagada district lags
behind in all respects starting with communication,
illiteracy, lack of employment opportunities, low
production in agriculture, and low level income to
indebt-ness. All these deprivations have forced them to
depend on forest and podu cultivation as an alternative
source of livelihood.
For an alternative source of livelihood, Odisha Tribal
Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme has intervened its
programme in January 2009 in 176 villages in five
blocks, i.e., Kashipur, Gudari, Chandrapur, B. Katat &
Muniguda of Rayagada district in the Phase-II on the
basis of the existing guidelines of MORD & GoI, aims at
sustainable improving the livelihood security of poor
households by promoting efficient, self managed and
sustainable exploitation and conservation of natural
resources and development of non-farm enterprises.
|“Empowering the tribals and enabling them to enhance their food security
increase their incomes and improve overall quality of their livelihoods”.
Therefore, it is proposed that this model may be adopted across all the remote
areas of the district in a comprehensive manner to saturate these areas with
development and livelihood initiatives on a sustained basis. The main advantages
of the OTELP model of governance are as explained below: