: “The Tamil Nadu Rural Livelihood Mission, a poverty eradication programme, will be implemented in Cumbum and Chinnamanur blocks in the coming financial year to uplift rural poor,” Collector K.S. Palanisamy said after inaugurating a women’s conference here on Thursday.

Provision of jobs to youth, creation of job opportunities, imparting training to youth and women, skill development, social mobilisation, building up institutions for sustainable livelihood activities, extension of financial and economic inclusions and convergence of all government schemes were some of the prime tasks of the programme, he said.

The prime aim was to make youth employable through skill development programmes and create sustainable livelihood activities utilising locally available resources.

Despite implementation of various schemes, 20 to 30 per cent of population was still below the poverty line and the scheme would bring a desirable change in society.

At one stage, the district would be free of poverty, he hoped.

First, people below the poverty line would be united and brought under self-help group movement and trained to manage sustainable livelihood activities created under the programme, Dr. Palanisamy pointed out.

T. Ranganathapuram SHG was adjudged the best village panchayat federation. Cash award of Rs.1 lakh was given to it.

Manimekalai award for the best women SHG was given to Vadapudhupatti, Sarathupatti and T. Kallipatti SHGs. Cash award of Rs.25,000 was given to them.

Later, the Collector distributed loans of Rs.31.75 lakh to women SHGs and revolving fund of Rs.30 lakh to 50 SHGs.