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GoM to decide if govt will partner NGOs

A Group of Ministers (GoM) led by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will on Wednesday decide on whether the government should partner with private players,mostly NGOs

Written by Swaraj Thapa | New Delhi | July 16, 2013 1:08:22 am

A Group of Ministers (GoM) led by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will on Wednesday decide on whether the government should partner with private players,mostly NGOs,through a charitable registered society to help tribals improve their livelihood.

The GoM to consider setting up of Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) was formed last month after senior Cabinet ministers objected to such a move.

They questioned not just its timing but also its effectiveness. A body with similar mandate,Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology,had failed to make an impact.

Rural development ministry,in its note to GoM members,has argued that proper checks and balances would ensure success of the BRLF that aims to benefit 10 lakh poor families in five years through capacity

building of civil society

organisations.

The ministry has so far identified 873 blocks in 170 districts with at least 20 per cent tribal population for BRLF programmes.

These districts fall in states such as Orissa,Jharkhand,West Bengal,Chhattisgarh,Andhra Pradesh,Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The GoM will decide if BRLF should be given an initial tranche of Rs 500 crore as financial support.

The GoM note proposes to disburse funds in two parts: an initial aid of Rs 200 crore and second tranche of Rs 300 crore after two years of formation,that too after BRLF meets several objectives. The BRLF will also be able to mobilise resources through corpus contribution and financing arrangements from private philanthropes.

The note says that BRLF will be governed by a general body comprising members of the society and the executive committee comprising elected and nominated members.

No government representative will hold the position of chairperson of the general body or the president of the executive committee.

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