Telangana Palle Pragathi Scheme / Programme (village development) starts from February 1st 2015 to February 1st 2020. The Telangana Government will identify 1,500 villages in 150 mandals (taluqs) to take up comprehensive development programmes.
TPPS is targeted to enhance agricultural incomes of small and marginal farmers and ensure increased access to services related to health, nutrition, sanitation and social entitlements.
The (TPPS) will focus on increasing economic opportunities for small and marginal farmers, especially from Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) households in the 150 most backward mandals (cluster of villages across gram panchayats) by helping them gain access to extension services, good quality inputs like improved seeds, market services, and institutional credit.
To boost human development, investments will be made in improving access to services in the areas of health, nutrition, and water and sanitation and increasing coverage and effectiveness of India’s social safety net programs.
The objective of the project is ‘to enable selected poor households to diversify and enhance sources of income and
secure increased access to human development services and social entitlements’.
Telanagana Palle Pragathi Scheme will integrate the small and marginal farm and off farm producers to urban markets by making them competitive through value addition and creating jobs for the youth in semi-urban and urban locations.
Improving access to services such as education, nutrition, etc. and increased coverage of social safety net and social risk management programs help poor to share benefits of economic growth. The project also supports the Government of India’s “Finance Plus” approach by investing in building and strengthening community institutions that can foster higher order impacts.
Firstly, it will aim to bring various social protection schemes together on to one synergistic platform (gender, nutrition and health and livelihoods leveraging major schemes such as ICDS and NRHM. Secondly, it will invest in ICT and social accountability and transparency mechanisms for improving service delivery in a sustainable manner. Finally, innovations such as alternate service delivery models, Public-Private-Community-Partnerships (PPCP) will be the key drivers of this project for larger sustainable impact and bringing quality of life in the poorest of the poor in an inclusive manner.
Project Development Objective
The Project Development Objective (PDO) of Telanagana Palle Pragathi Scheme is to enable selected poor households, with an extra fillip on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to diversify and enhance sources of income and secure increased access to human development services and social entitlements. This would be achieved by supporting Government of Telangana State in scaling up the rural poverty reduction initiatives and the existing institutional platforms of the rural poor under previous IDA supported APDPIP and APRPRP with an emphasis on inclusive economic growth and access to human development and social protection schemes/ services. These programs will be implemented in selected 150 mandals of selected geographies (about one third of the state) based on social stratification, value chain potential, and inclusion deficit in HD indicators and access to services and entitlements. Lessons from this project will be concurrently taken to other Mandals in the State.
The four key pillars on which Telanagana Palle Pragathi Scheme is structured are:
Livelihood Development: Livelihood Promotion through a value chain approach in key
Human Development: ‘Life cycle approach’ to the achievement of MDGs in Health and
Social Development Safety Nets and Entitlements: Leveraging existing institutional
platform to ensure reliable and universal access to entitlements
Technical Assistance, ICT and Partnerships: Leveraging innovations, best global /
national experiences and technologies for implementing each of the above 3 pillars
Complementing the Government of Telangana’s efforts to strengthen panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), the project will significantly enhance the planning capacity of panchayats in the 150 mandals. It will invest in an Open Data architecture to help the government analyze the state’s development outcomes. It will also look at last mile service delivery issues, establish technology-enabled “One Stop Shops” within PRI offices, and strengthen their role as an interface between citizens and suppliers of crucial social services. In addition, it will establish a facility to improve service deliveries for people with disabilities and women.
“This project for the newly created state of Telangana will help small and marginal famers increase their incomes and their access to better services. It will complement the government’s efforts at strengthening panchayats so that they can play a greater role in planning, implementing and monitoring key government programs. Creating such strong institutions will go a long way in improving the lives of small and marginal farmers and fulfilling their aspirations for a better life,” said Onno Ruhl, World Bank Country Director in India.
The greatest potential for growth in the agriculture sector comes from cash-crops, livestock, and fisheries. For instance, between 2004 and 2012, the fisheries sub-sector grew at 8.7 percent, while the agriculture sector as a whole grew only at about 3.9 percent.
“Most of the small and marginal farmers are not able to access opportunities from growth in agriculture and in its allied sectors because they have limited access to extension services, good quality inputs like improved seeds, market services, and institutional credit. This project will help poor farmers’ access economic opportunities through value chain development and better market access,” said Parmesh Shah, Lead Rural Development Specialist and the Task Team Leader for the project. “The focus of the project on human development services (health, nutrition and sanitation), offers a unique opportunity to work across sectors for last mile delivery of services.”
On the human development side, the project will use community led approaches to improve access to water and sanitation services in about 1,000 targeted villages adopting saturation approach to cover all households and rural institutions like schools, anganwadi centers, and health centers and helping them achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.