Koraput, 6 January: In a bid to identify and support single women and help them get the benefit from the land and the social security entitlement schemes, the administration launched ‘women support centres’ (WSC) programme across Koraput district.
Collector Sachin Jadhav inaugurated the programme, which was  launched with support of Landesa, a global NGO working for land rights of poor people.
WSC aims at helping, among others, the widows, divorcees, abandoned, differently abled and unmarried adult women.“The centres will function as single window delivery system from each tehsil office of the district to allocate land to women under various state laws and schemes, generate awareness amongst women about their legal rights to land and resolve land related conflicts through an effective grievance addressing mechanism,” said Mr Jadhav.
Further, women revenue officials will be positioned as nodal officers at each of the centre to facilitate its day-to-day functioning under the supervision of the tehsildars. The centre also will train revenue officials on the provisions for securing women&’s land rights through a series of workshops and training programmes, Ms Sarita Pradhan, gender specialist in Landesa said.
Overall, a responsive institutional delivery system will be created through this unique programme to identify and facilitate the entitlements of single women. After Ganjam and Mayurbhanj, Koraput was the third district in the state to launch WSC programme which would benefit thousands of single women, she added.
Tehsildars, child development project officers, Odisha tribal empowerment and livelihoods programme staff and district officials from Landesa attended the meeting.     sns