About MBDA Meghalaya (Meghalaya Basin Development Authority)
MBDA Meghalaya (Meghalaya Basin Development Authority) was set up in April, 2012. It is headed by the Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya. The Meghalaya Basin Development Authority has identified that natural resources and river basins provide ideal opportunities for providing multi-livelihoods to people in the rural areas. It is no secret that the poorer sections of the rural community have hardly had a stake in the village economy. They have often been left out of the loop of development and this has pushed them to the brink of impoverishment. For mere survival, they have had to exploit the environment around them to eke out a bare subsistence. They have barely been able to voice the grievances that they have to live with each day.
Meghalaya Basin Development Authority seeks out to redress these problems and lend a voice to those that have not been heard. Not only is the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority concerned with poverty alleviation but in order to achieve this it must make sure that it done without degradation to the environment. A livelihood thus comprises the capabilities, assets (including both material and social resources), and activities required for a means of living. A livelihood is sustainable when it can cope with and recover from stresses and shocks and maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets both now and in the future, while not undermining the natural resource base. The Meghalaya Basin Development Authority is thus responsible for the strategies taken and directing the overall implementation of the IBDLP programme.
Aims & Objectives of MBDA Meghalaya (Meghalaya Basin Development Authority)
- To sustainably develop the river basin resources, this shall ultimately lead to promoting the sustainable livelihood and gainful employment opportunities for the residents of river basins, independent or through the convergence of initiatives.
- To, without any motives to earn profit, enhance and improve the livelihood for the poor in the state of Meghalaya.
- To increase sustainable income generating cultivation systems and establishment of micro/small scale/ medium scale bio-industrial units.
- To enable people’s participation to select livelihood activities most suited to their resources, skills and interest.
- To address the felt needs and priorities of women and increase their participation in local institutions and decision making process.
- To promote micro finance including saving and thrift and micro insurance projects.
- To provide business development service including demonstration, training, consultancy and advisory service on all matters relating to technical, organizational, management commencement and expansion of the enterprise, purchasing techniques, production, purchases, sales, material and cost, quality control, marketing, advertising, publicity, personnel’ information technology services, development and transfer, backward and forward business linkage promotion and horizontal linkage among enterprises, export and import to and for institutions/concerns/bodies/associations/corporations/public and local authorities/trusts/cooperative societies.
- To help in promoting sustainable enterprises at micro and small scale especially to the poor by way of providing equity, debt financing, leasing, insurance and other means and mechanisms that may be necessary for promoting livelihoods on the basis of basin resources.
- To rotate and utilize the resources of the authority for ongoing building up of new enterprises by exciting the enterprises that have achieved the sustainable scale and viability, through appropriate mechanisms.
- To act as a catalyst in facilitating mobilization of financial resources to micro/small/medium scale enterprises to benefit the poor.