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Institutional Arrangements

The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) at the national level is the nodal agency and the STSCDD, GoO at the State level will be the Lead Programme Agency.

A Programme Steering Committee (PSC) established under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary (or alternate), GoO with representations from key line departments, District Collectors of programme districts, independent development experts, a representative from a reputed Bank, for effective governance and to provide overall policy guidance to the programme.The Commissioner cum Secretary of STSCDD will be the member secretary of the PSC.

At the State level, the programme established a Programme Management Committee (PMC) with the Commissioner cum Secretary, STSCDD as the Chairperson and PD of OPELIP as the Member Secretary. The members includes Secretaries (or their nominees) of the Departments of Revenue, Finance, Forest, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Women and Child Development and Planning and Coordination along with Additional Secretary, STSCDD and Director, TRI. This committee meets quarterly and make required management decisions for effective programme implementation.

At the MPA level a Programme Implementation Committee (PIC) will be set up under the Chairmanship of the District Collector with representation from ITDA, Forest Department and the implementing NGO with the Special Officer of MPA as the Member Secretary. The PIC will approve AWPB, review implementation progress and facilitate coordination with other line departments. The PIC will facilitate convergence and coordination with relevant departments and schemes of the government.

The MPA Special Officer will be overall in charge for implementation of OPELIP at the Micro Programme level covering all villages in the GPs being serviced using an inclusive approach.

A Village Development Association (VDA) will be established in each programme village.VDAs will establish a Village Development Committee (VDC)as its executive body responsible for implementation of natural resource management and livelihood related activities. In each village or habitation, there will be one VDC Secretary supported by a Community Resource Person (CRP) selected from within the PVTG communities. Each CRP will cover two to three villages.

The programme will identify NGO partners to work closely with the MPAs in implementing activities in programme villages. Provisions will be made for the NGOs to bring on board technical experts to work in the field in particular for microfinance, agriculture, etc.