As we discussed the current model of the Urban Micro Business Centre (MBC) project as has taken shape after more than a year of tinkering with various approaches to fit the local context, the team representative got increasingly excited.
It turns out that the idea of an MBC centre was dropped from the final draft of the Mission document because the policy planners could not find a real world model demonstrating the concept, which would have allowed them to draft tangible guidelines.
It is thus that I was invited to the Odisha state level forum being jointly organised by the Govt. of Odisha and the Govt. of India, to discuss implementation models for the State Urban Livelihoods Mission (SULM is the state level plan for the NULM).