Operational Area: Bolangir and Nuapada districts of Odisha.
Western Orissa NREGS Consortium is a group of 8 NGOs and CBOs (Community Based Organisations) who have been active in Bolangir and Nuapada districts for several years. Chetna is anchoring the agriculture component of the consortium focusing on leveraging employment possibilities and watershed funds that are made available via NREGA.
Additionally, suitably targeted micro-credit and agriculture programs will supplement this core engagement with NREGA. The overarching expectation is that
a combination of a microcredit program and locally available employment will reduce tribal dependence on labour contractors/money lenders;
that by utilizing labour to undertake watershed management works the program will begin to build communally and individually owned agricultural assets,
that programs in agriculture will enable these communities to obtain significantly higher returns from these sectors.
This program covers over 10,000 households in 16 Gram Panchayats in 2 districts of Orissa.