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.
In past couple of years, BRLF forged successful partnerships with the Governments of West Bengal for watershed and springshed rejuvenation projects, Govt. of Odisha to ensure the implementation of agriculture production clusters and Govt. of Chhattisgarh for implementing watershed projects.