Kohima, Aug. 10 (MExN): A 3-day Training for Trainers (ToT) on Village Poverty Reduction Plan (VPRP) started on Wednesday at Ura Hotel, Kohima under the Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM).
Participants from the Directorate of Rural Development, State Institute for Rural Development and Deputy District Program Directors, District Functional Specialists (Livelihoods), NSRLM Theme Managers will be trained on the VPRP which is a comprehensive demand plan prepared by the Self Help Group (SHG) and their federations to project their demands and local development which would be incorporated into the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
According to a press release, the VPRP, as an exercise started in the fiscal year 2019-2020, is a platform for the community to present their aspirations and should be integrated into the overall development plan of the village. .
The resource persons are from Kudumbashree National Resource Organization and TRIF Delhi. One of the highlights of the training of trainers will be focused on digitizing the VPRP to be mainstreamed across different ministries and departments. The mobile app will be managed by community cadres after receiving training on the app and its uses, the statement said.
On the occasion, MoRD Joint Secretary Nita Kejrewal joined the inaugural online session during which she addressed participants on the importance of understanding the concepts, components and processes of VPRP and understand the roles of stakeholders both within the SRLM and in convergence with other operational departments. The SC emphasized on providing support in the formation, preparation and integration of plans while informing that advice was issued by the MoRD and MoPR in 2018 on the preparation of VPRP plans by the SHG network and that a joint opinion was subsequently shared. She further pointed out that 30 SRLMs undertook the exercise and submitted VPRPs in 1.2 lakh GPs in 2021-2022.
Meanwhile, Joint Secretary and Mission Director, NSRLM Imtimenla said VPRP requests and plans can benefit individual households and the community as it covers rights requests, demand and means plans. livelihoods and public goods and services that will lead to social change. development. She pointed out that the exercise encountered a range of challenges and underscored the need to ensure that all plans are carried out with the convergence efforts provided by the departments, village councils and the Federation of SHGs. She further explained to participants that Livelihood Plans being a major component of the VPRP, federations at the cluster or block level will anchor and support the Livelihood Plans by providing credit, inputs, trainings and other member support services.
She also expressed hope that with the introduction of the new app for the VPRP, tracking and monitoring of field activities and plans will be managed more efficiently, while noting that more proactive roles need to be exercised to integrate the VPRP into the GPDP. more realistic with the support of the nodal and hierarchical departments to ensure that the basic village plans bring real development to the rural villages.
According to the release, during the training, resource people will guide participants through intensive sessions on seeding the concept and relevance of the VPRP; comprehensive livelihood planning; introduction to an app specifically for VPRP with workouts; roles of community institutions; roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, among others.