Scores of rural landless Scheduled Caste women, who used to eking out their living as daily wagers, have now turned into vegetable growers, thanks to the then Joint Collector V. Karuna.
As part a drive, the identified SC women were given half an acre of land near the SRSP canal as they were prone to land grabbing. The women would use them for cultivating vegetables and make a living out of it.
Elderly Damera Nirmala, along with her husband, was living as a daily wage labourer in Chithagattu hamlet. She had become a member of the Vennela Self Help Group (SHG). “Since the past two months, I have been growing vegetables on the piece of land assigned to me as they are much in demand,” she said.
According to DRDA Project Director Samudrala Vijay Gopal, government land near the SRSP canal was occupied illegally by many politicians and encroachers. “With a view to protect the land, the then Joint Collector Vakati Karuna came up with the idea. These landless SC women now can make a living putting the land to use ,” he explained.
The DWMA helped clear the bushes and till the land for the first time, while the DRDA helped these women by sanctioning them bore wells or open wells, guiding them on day to day basis. “This is the first of its kind initiative in the State. In the first phase, we allocated 47 acres of government land to 92 poor women in Chinthagattu, Annasagar and Bheemaram villages,” he said.
Around 47 acres of govt. land have been given to 92 poor women near the SRSP canal