Mumbai: Dalmia Bharat Foundation, a registered non-profit organization of Dalmia Bharat Group, has partnered with CSRBOX to launch India Livelihood Collective – the country’s first non-financial and non-funding commitment based collaborative platform. The platform will be launched virtually by Smt. Vimala Ramesh (IAS), CEO Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM), Govt. of Maharashtra and Shri. Govinda Rajulu Chintala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), in the presence of more than 550 attendees later today.
The collective has direct relevance with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, which was recently introduced by the Government of India to encourage quality local products in various spheres and build a resilient rural economy. NABARD and the state-level agencies such as MSRLM will play a crucial role in implementing this mission. This key initiative will bring together various entities that play different roles in farm value-chain to ease the process of farm-based interventions, support farmer producer organizations, and also facilitate the procurement of produce through forward market linkages. The aim is to alleviate the problems of a large section of rural workers, who have reverse migrated from urban areas and are facing severe livelihood challenges. The mission aims to provide livelihood opportunities, be it through rural entrepreneurship or linking-back to industrial-jobs.
Commenting on the launch of this timely initiative, Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, CEO of Dalmia Bharat Foundation said, “Livelihood has been a focus area of work at Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF). We have been working on leveraging opportunities in both farm and non-farm sectors to provide gainful employment and financial independence. We are very excited to be the part of India Livelihood Collective and are sure that the Collective will help us achieve our goals faster.”
Talking about the need for such a platform amidst the economic slowdown and pandemic, Bhomik Shah, the Curator and one of the Founding Partners of Collective said, “India has a lot of potential to create livelihood in the rural economy where CSR foundations, philanthropic organizations, and non-profits can boost local entrepreneurial system with enhanced financial inclusion, capacity building, market-linkages and extension of social security programs. With the right guidance and assistance, our local farms and markets have immense potential to create jobs and livelihoods.”