The move is to facilitate and scale up civil society action in partnership with the government for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women, particularly in the central Indian tribal region.
"It will provide financial grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to meet their human resource and institutional costs for upscaling of proven interventions; invest in institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs and capacity building of professional resources working at the grassroots," the government said in a statement on Tuesday.
Projects supported by the BRLF would be able to reach 10 lakh poor families by the end of the fifth year.
The BRLF would also have supported the capacity building of 1,000 CSO professionals and institutional strengthening of a significant number of smaller CSOs within the above time frame.
"Even though BRLF will have an India wide mandate, the initial focus of the organization will be on the Central Indian Tribal Region, centered on blocks having significant tribal population across 170 districts in the States of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat," read the statement.
Rs 500 crore will be released for creating the corpus fund of the new society, in two tranches.
The society will be constituted as a partnership between the government on the one hand and private sector philanthropies, private and public sector undertakings (under Corporate Social Responsibility) on the other hand.
The proposal was earlier considered by the Cabinet on Apr 18 and referred to a Group of Ministers under chairmanship of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
The GoM in its meeting held on Aug 21 has recommended the proposal.
--IBNS (Posted on 04-09-2013)