With a view to fostering unity among self-help groups, block-level competitions will be conducted for its members from December 7, according to Collector R. Palanisamy.

In a statement released here on Saturday, he said panchayat-level SHG Federations could send one team each, consisting of 10 eligible members, for the competitions. Their skills would be tested through events such as ‘kolam,' mono-acting, singing and oratorical competitions. The federations could register the names of participants with the respective Block Development Officers.

Mr. Palanisamy said that the government had sanctioned funds for conducting the competitions, and participants would be given food and travel allowance.