One of the prime purposes for the establishment of BRLF was to leverage a new model of cooperation wherein various state governments proactively work with civil society organizations to address the problems and challenges of the tribal communities in the priority regions. In effect, coordination between civil society, Government of India and the state governments of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. All concerned state governments are members of the Project and Grantee Selection Committee (PGSC) and they have participated in the two PGSC meetings held so far.
On a similar premise, one of the key mandates of BRLF is keeping its focus on the implementation of government’s flagship programmes and schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Swatchh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Prime Minister’s Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana, etc, with the help and cooperation of the state governments. Strategically, each project supported by BRLF is an attempt to leverage the vast resources being made available by banks and government for a large number of national as well as state level rural development and livelihood programmes/ schemes.
Towards this objective, BRLF has signed Memorandums of Understanding with state governments of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal. With these state governments BRLF has set up state and district level review mechanisms for the BRLF supported projects. These states have also extended their support to BRLF funded projects to leverage from various government programmes and schemes. States of Rajasthan and Jharkhand have also shown keen interest in working on research agendas with BRLF.
BRLF wishes to have a very fruitful and collaborative relationship with each of the ten state governments in the Central India tribal belt to ensure that the benefits of the government programmes and schemes reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
On April 1, 2017, BRLF signed an MOU with West Bengal MGNREGA Cell, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of West Bengal. Under this agreement, spring rejuvenation program was launched in 4 northern districts viz., Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri of West Bengal for treating 457 springs through the implementing partners – Prasari and ACWADAM. The initiative is called “Jharnadhara” (Spring shed Rejuvenation and Management).
More information on “Jharnadhara Programme” could be accessed from http://spring-management.info
On August 10, 2017, BRLF entered into tripartite agreement with MGNREGA Cell, Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of West Bengal and six CSOs (along with a Lead CSO). This project focused on the effective implementation of the MGNREGA for water conservation and watershed development in the western part of the state. Following the signing of the MoU, the “Ushar Mukti Project” was launched across 10,091 villages, 2,344 micro-watersheds, 472 GPs in 55 blocks of 6 districts – Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Birbhum, Paschim Medinipur and Paschim Bardhaman.
More information on “Ushar Mukti Project” could be accessed from https://usharmukti.nregawb.in