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Urban Odisha Pacts With LCF

Bhubaneswar: In a move for providing sustainable livelihoods to youth in Odisha’s cities and towns, the Department of Housing and Urban Development on 23 July signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with Pune-based Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF)

This partnership program has been approved by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the MoA was signed this evening in the presence of Pratap Jena, Minister for Housing and Urban Development Department.

The MoA was signed by SangramjitNayak Director Municipal Administration  andGanesh Natarajan Chairperson Lighthouse Communities Foundation.

The partnership marks the beginning of a new phase in JAGA Mission, focused on providing skills and livelihood opportunities to youth in urban Odisha, particularly among urban poor communities.  The earlier two phases of JAGA Mission focused on granting Land Rights, providing  financial assistance for housing  and upgrading basic infrastructure and amenities in slum communities.

Under the three year MoA signed today, skilling and livelihood centres will be established in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur, Dhenkanal, Paradip and Jatni.  These skilling centres will provide training for urban poor youths in soft skills and technical skills, and facilitate placement services for the youth. The centres are also expected to cover micro-entrepreneurship focussed skilling.This program is expected to be implemented in all  other cities in phased manner.

Speaking on the occasion Minister Mr.Jena said “Our endeavour through all our missions and schemes is to ensure no citizen in urban Odisha is left behind.  We seek to create an enabling environment for every citizen of urban Odisha to fully realize their potential and aspirations.  Today, I am delighted that we are embarking on yet another phase of this important journey in partnership with Lighthouse Communities Foundation in order to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for our urban youth especially from Low income communities.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Housing and Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha on skilling and livelihoods for youth from low-income communities.  We firmly believe that providing the right skills and opportunities to these youth can empower them to fulfil their career aspirations, and transform their communities as well” said DrGanesh Natarajan, Chairperson, Lighthouse Communities Foundation, who was present at the occasion.   

This MoA will pioneer a model that will be unique in several respects.  The preferences and aspirations of individual youth would be factored in designing the skilling programs, and a collaborative approach would be followed with respect to both skilling partners and also companies and establishments where youth would be placed post completion of the skilling program.  A hub and spoke model will be explored leveraging technology, whereby all 114 ULBs would be covered in a phased manner.

At the outset G Mathivathanan , Principal Secretary H&UD department in his welcome address  highlighted about the details of the MoA .SangramjitNayak DMA propsed a hearty vote of thanks.