Government departments should work together and adopt an integrated approach to alleviate poverty, P.Amutha, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women, said.

She was addressing a seminar organised here on Wednesday on accomplishing ‘Vision 2023’ proclaimed by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission (TNSRLM).

“Poverty persists because there is lack of coordination between different departments. The Chief Minister in her vision 2023 envisions a Tamil Nadu without poverty, without unemployment and all citizens having access to basic amenities and all people enjoy prosperity, security and peace. This vision could be achieved only through coordination,” she said.

She also said districts with highest percentage of SC/ST population had highest level of poverty, and especially northern districts of Tamil Nadu such as Villupuram, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram are poverty-prone. Tiruvannamalai has 21.39 per cent of Scheduled Caste population and 3.33 per cent of Schedule Tribe population as per latest census report, she said.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the seminar, she said, “The TNSRLM will channel resources to the lowest income groups even among those below the poverty line. Apart from encouraging people to carry out conventional ventures, the TNSRLM will help them in doing value addition to their produce and assist them in marketing.”

Vijay Pingale, Collector, R.V. Shajeevana, Additional Project Director, Pudu Vaazhvu Thittam, Veerapandiyan, District Project Manager, Pudu Vaazhvu Thittam, Pandiyan, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, and of various departments participated.