Staff Reporter

Minister seeks local bodies’ initiative

‘Aadu Gramam’ (goat village) project launched

Financially backward families to be beneficiaries

KANNUR: Minister for Law and Sports and Youth Affairs M. Vijayakumar has called upon local bodies to initiate steps for ensuring financial stability of the common man.

Inaugurating the ‘Aadu Gramam’ (goat village) project being launched at the Sreekantapuram grama panchayat here on Thursday, the Minister said that decentralisation of powers had given a fresh impetus to the functioning of the local bodies. He said that standard of living of people in villages could be enhanced as a result of decentralisation following the enactment of the Panchayati Raj Act.

Progress

Stating that Kerala had achieved great progress in implementing the Panchayati Raj Act, he said that the decentralisation initiatives helped empowerment of women in the State as also productive sectors.

The Aadu Gramam project was being launched jointly by the district panchayat and the Kudumbasree Mission. The project envisages rearing of goats as well as rabbits and cows in the panchayat.

Members of financially backward families in the panchayat would be beneficiaries of the project which was estimated at Rs.1.5 crore of which Rs.50 lakh would be granted as subsidy.

While 200 families would be given four each goats, 300 families would be handed over 12 rabbits each and 40 families two each cows.

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