April 20, 2017

Over 100,000 tribal households in India see transformation through Tata Trusts’ Central India Initiative

L-R: BS Taraporevala, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Tata Trusts; Governor of Jharkhand, Smt Droupadi Murmu; and SK Sathpathy, Principal Secretary to the Governor, at ‘URJA - Shaping the dreams, instilling the passion in tribal women & children’, an event to acknowledge the indomitable spirit of the women and students
Ranchi: Tata Trusts, today, announced that their flagship Central India Initiative has impacted the lives of 101,000 tribal households in the central Indian tribal belt, home to 65% of India’s tribal population. To earmark this milestone, Tata Trusts, through its associate organisation Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), hosted ‘URJA – Shaping the dreams, instilling the passion in tribal women & children’, an event to acknowledge the indomitable spirit of the women and students who are part of the Mission 2020 programme of CInI. The Honorable Governor of Jharkhand, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, graced the event with her presence.

The event also witnessed the presence of Mr. S K Sathpathy, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mr. B S Taraporevala, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Tata Trusts; and Mr. Ganesh Neelam, Executive Director, CInI.

Honorable Governor of Jharkhand, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, who hails from tribal roots in Odisha and has become an embodiment of success in the tribal communities with her impressive political and social career spanning almost two decades, appreciated the efforts of the organisation. The Governor also interacted with select lakhpati didis, tribal students, learning assistants, hockey trainers, internet saathis and community leaders to understand their stories and journey under the Mission 2020 programme.

The Honorable Governor of Jharkhand, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, appreciated the work being done by Tata Trusts – CInI under its “Mission 2020 – Lakhpati Kisan: Smart Villages” and even expressed her strong interest in visiting the field areas where CInI is working. “Development in its true essence will only happen when it reaches the last person and I’m heartened to listen to the experiences of progressive women and children and the remarkable work happening through the Trusts – CInI.” She encouraged the women and students of the community to ardently work towards achieving their aspirations.

Commenting on CInI’s journey, Mr. Ganesh Neelam, Executive Director, CInI, said, “Tata Trusts has always been committed to work towards the betterment of various communities, especially the tribals, who have been deprived of basic needs for a long time. We are glad to witness a successful decade of CInI. Through the focused Mission 2020: Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Villages programme, CInI-Tata Trusts is positively impacting the lives of the tribals in Jharkhand through enhancement of livelihoods and overall quality of life. Over the next three years, under the Mission 2020, we will ensure that all the one lakh tribal families in the states of Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra and Gujarat are on the path of being irreversibly out of poverty with an improved quality of life.”

Mr. B S Taraporevala, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Tata Trusts, said, “We share a common goal with the Government of India in ensuring the tribal communities have equitable opportunities to social products and services that can lead to empowerment. The tribal population, especially in the central India region, is integral to the spirit of India. Through this programme, Tata Trusts is committed to bringing digital technologies and innovative solutions to support, engage, and uplift them out of poverty for a better tomorrow.”

The core emphasis of the Central India Initiative is to enhance livelihoods of the tribals along with promoting quality and sustainable women-led community institutions. In 2007, CInI was launched to proactively anchor the Central India Initiative with a two-fold mandate:

  • To be the frontrunner in developing field programmes which lead to a quantum leap in improving lives of the tribal community
  • Orchestrating and co-creating solutions with different stakeholders for achieving a deep, large-scale impact in the region

The ambitious Mission 2020 – Lakhpati Kisan: Smart Villages programme is currently underway with one lakh households in four states of Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Within the five-year (April 2015 to March 2020) Mission 2020: Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Villages programme time span, the following outcomes are being envisaged:

  • Bringing 101,000 tribal households irreversibly out of poverty with increased quality of life and life choices
  • Developing 17 tribal blocks as regional drivers for growth across Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha
  • Enhancing the learning levels of 71,000 tribal children from government schools in Khunti district, Jharkhand
  • Promoting safe drinking water and sanitation for about 6,000 tribal households

About Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)
Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), established on May 17, 2007 is a nodal agency of the Trusts, anchoring the Central India Initiative. CInI, which is currently operating in the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat, aims to transform the lives of tribal households in the Central India tribal belt, through building knowledge and scaling up programmes in thematic areas of agricultural productivity stabilization, forest based livelihoods, water resource development, drinking water and sanitation, microfinance and strengthening community-based organisations. CInI presently is executing a focused ‘Mission 2020 – Lakhpati Kisan: Smart Villages’ with a focus on making nearly one lakh tribal households Lakhpati in an irreversible and sustainable manner.

About Tata Trusts
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Tata Trusts is amongst India’s amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served. Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy, the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation. For more information please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

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