Memorandum of Understandings for four pilot projects approved by the Rural Business Hub Cell of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj on PPP mode was signed in the presence of the Collector V.K. Shanmugam and chairmen of panchayat unions in the district here on Thursday.

The Periyar Maniammai University based in Thanjavur is the nodal agency for the RBH in Tamil Nadu. On behalf of Dr. M. Sivanandham, Director of the University Dr. M. Gabriel, Assistant Professor in Social Work, Centre for the Rural Development participated in the meeting.

The MoUs signed for the pilot projects were: Rural BPO, FOSTeRA, Krishnagiri; Sericulture, Government Cocoon Market, Hosur by the Assistant Director, Sericulture, Krishnagiri; Agarbathi Production, ITC Limited and Cutflower cultivation, Saragapalli Area Hi-tech Rose Growers and Precision Farmers Association under the Assistant Director, Horticulture – Thali, Hosur and Shoolagiri.

The cell suggested a BPO project for Uthangarai union, sericulture for Uthangarai and Veppanahali unions, agarbatti production for Bargur, Mathur, Kaveripattinam and Uthangarai unions, and cutflower cultivation for Thaly, Hosur and Shoolagiri panchayat unions.

The RBH, an initiative of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Confederation of Indian Industry, is a first-of-its-kind public, private and panchayat partnership being implemented in the State in Villupuram, Nagapattinam and Krishnagiri districts. It aims to foster economic growth in the rural districts.

The RBH aims at linking rural products, skills and producers with the marketing and professional skills of industry.

M.R. Rajendran, Chairman, District Panchayat, Saraswathi Ganesan, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, V. Thirumalai, AGM, NABARD, Gnanauphar, Deputy Director, District Livestock Farm, P. Subbaiyan, Joint Director, Horticulture department, and chairmen of panchayat unions participated.