IRMA Collaborates with NHPC to Design and Strategize Implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Interventions in Assam

IRMA has entered into an agreement with the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Power Project in Assam of NHPC Limited for Designing and Strategizing Implementation of Sustainable Livelihood Interventions in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur Districts of Assam. The consulting project has been undertaken by IRMA’s Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods (CSL-IRMA), with Prof. Pramod K Singh and Prof. Harekrishna Misra as coordinators and Prof. Madhavi Mehta as member.

This long term consulting assignment includes conducting research studies in the area, identifying suitable intervention plans in which value chain-based engagements are identified for the local entrepreneurs and social enterprises across sectors. The team so far has identified interventions in handloom, sericulture and piggery sectors with value chain plans.

The project is in its second phase in which enterprises are being nurtured through identified network partners, one each for the three sectors. The network partners are now involved in designing and prototyping these Collective Enterprises. The project is to be completed by charting a roadmap up to 2022.

The Project Steering Committee for the study is headed by the NHPC Executive Director. Network partners, community leaders and entrepreneurs are also expected to play a vital role for the successful implementation of the project.

The Project Steering Committee is advised by a state-level high power committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam. The committee is also supported by district-level coordination committees of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.

This collaboration adds yet another feather to IRMA’s cap of consultancy projects that are instrumental in India’s socio-economic growth and development.




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