PUDUKOTTAI: The Canadian Red Cross Society has released a revolving fund of Rs. Six lakhs to the women members of the Community Development Groups (CDG), floated by the Pudukottai district branch of the Red Cross Society and functioning on the lines of self-help groups in the coastal villages of Pudukottai district.
Each group will get Rs.50,000 and the CDG will utilise the revolving fund for internal lending, according to J. Raja Mohammed, Honorary District secretary of the Pudukottai branch of the Society.
The district branch has been running six crèches each located in the coastal villages of Muthukuda, R. Pudupattinam, Meemisal, Kottaipattinam, Pudhukudi and Manamelkudi Ponnagaram for the past one decade.
The Canadian Red Cross Society, impressed by the performance of the crèches, as part of relief measures to Tsunami-hit fishing women, came forward to assist the mothers of these children. The CDGs were floated, enrolling all the mothers besides the other local women in these villages, he said.
The Societies from different parts of the country have donated buildings to benefit the fishermen of Pudukottai district.
The Society from the Pune District in Maharashtra had donated Rs.14 lakhs for the construction of a net-mending shed at North Pudukudi village. Fishermen would not only service the nets in the day but also deposit their nets at these sheds in the night as part of safety measures against strong currents and winds.
The Governor of Madhya Pradesh Balram Jakhar had donated Rs.4 lakhs for the construction of crèches at an expenditure of Rs. Two lakhs each at Pudukudi and R. Pudupattinam.
The Tamil Nadu State Red Cross Society had donated a community hall at R. Pudupattinam.
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathi, will distribute the funds and declare open the buildings on Sunday.