Odisha Rural Livelihoods Programme (ORLP) JEEBIKA
Odisha Rural Livelihoods Programme (ORLP) Jeebika is a State initiative for providing an additional livelihood component to 460 ongoing watershed projects under IWDP and DPAP in the State covering six districts such as Koraput, Nowrangpur, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj. This programme called JEEBIKA intends to address and enhance the livelihoods needs of the landless and marginal households that are generally left out and under normal watershed activities. The additional livelihoods component or the Watershed Plus would be integrated into the implementation of the existing watershed projects with a total provision of Rs. 90.4696 crore so that the benefits flow not only to the landed households but also to the poorest and vulnerable sections, by developing alternative and diversified livelihoods opportunities.
The Project was launched in 2007 – 08 but due to delay in establishment of PD Watersheds offices at the districts, the project started in 2008 – 09. Up to 2009 – 10, Rs. 22.13 crores has been provided for implementation of the programme in 6 districts out of which Rs. 12.46 crores has been spent.