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First Women's Land Rights Facilitation Centre opened

Staff Reporter

To be run by women, it is set up on an experimental basis

BERHAMPUR: First Women's Land Rights Facilitation Centre (WLRFC) in the State was inaugurated on the premises of Khallikote tehsil office on Tuesday.

This centre has been established by the Ganjam district administration with the help of Rural Development Institute (RDI) on an experimental basis to provide assistance and support for provision of land rights to women. This centre is to be run by women revenue officials. Additional District Magistrate of Ganjam Sashibhusan Padhi inaugurated this project in the presence of MLA Sugnani Devi and country head of the RDI Gregory Rake.

This project has come up in an area which faces a large scale migration of male labour force. So, households are mostly managed by women for seven to eight months every year. But these women are usually ignorant of their land rights. As per an estimate there are around 7,000 families in Khallikote tehsil who do not have any homestead land. Male members of these poor families migrate outside the State and women fight for land rights. This WLRFC would cater to the needs of women from these families by ensuring joint ownership rights for these vulnerable households.

During the inauguration ceremony it was informed that the centre would have three main objectives -- identification of eligible women for land allocation under ‘Vasundhara' and ‘Gramkantha Paramboke' norms; creation of awareness and capacity building of multiple stakeholders including field level revenue officials, Integrated Child Development Scheme(ICDS) functionaries and women beneficiaries. Female revenue officials posted at the centre would be assisted by trained village youths to be named Community Resource Persons (CRPs) who would identify homestead less women, who can benefit from different schemes. This centre would also provide information regarding issue of income, residential, caste, legal heir certificates and also facilitate issue of these certificates to the needy women.

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