Nagercoil: It was a unique experience for more than 60 students of Maratha Vidya Parasarh Samaj’s Institute of Management Research and Technology at Nasik district in Maharashtra, studying Master of Social Work, who recently visited Kothaigramam, a tiny village in Kanyakumari district, on the banks of Pazhayar, to study the making of Tapioca pappad. Over 500 villagers were engaged in this profession.
After the visit of students from Nasik, N. Subitha from this village, conducted a survey of the women who were depending on the making of pappads.
According to her study, there was no toilet facility in the houses of 42 percentage of the respondents and 28 percentage were living below poverty line. The income earned by the women were just sufficient to meet only their daily needs.Most of the respondents belonged to the age group of 40 to 50. Regarding savings only 30 percentage admitted that they saved a small amount. Because of their low income they were in debt. Most of them had got loans from private moneylenders. Only a few of them have studied up to high school level.Hence Subitha has urged the Government to ensure the livelihood of people in and around Kothaigramam village involved in pappad production.