ERODE: "Now I am also a landlord and am getting good respect in the society. My children are admitted in school," says V. Ramal, belonging to Adi Dravida community, of Molagoundenpudur.
The State Government is granting subsidy-oriented loan to landless Adi Dravida women for purchase of cultivable land. The officials said that Tamil Nadu Adi Dravida Housing and Development Corporation (TAHDCO) was granting a maximum of Rs. 2 lakh to an individual for purchase of land, register it, develop the land, raise crop and cultivation.
Of this, Rs. 1 lakh would be subsidy and the remaining amount can be repaid in easy instalments.
Many women had applied for the grant. Ms Ramal said that she received Rs. 1.13 lakh and purchased 1.40 acre in Molagoundenpudur village near Muthur. After reclamation, she raised sunflower crop. She said, "Sunflower is a 90-day crop and so I selected it for cultivation." She said after harvest, she may raise the same crop again. She is hopeful that within a year she may raise three crops and earn reasonably.
Ms Ramal said that she had spent Rs. 15,000 and was confident that she would get Rs. 30,000 for the sunflower seeds. She can earn Rs. 45,000 from three crops a year. She is also confident that within five years she will be able to repay the loans. She said that she was an agricultural labourer and was getting Rs. 50 a day as wages.
Ms. Selvi, another beneficiary, was elated about receiving the amount.
The officials said that last year, 22 beneficiaries were provided with Rs. 8.20 lakh subsidy under the scheme and this year it was proposed to grant Rs. 7.23 lakh to 14 beneficiaries.
Sunflower is a popular crop in Muthur area and now it has been raised in over 800 hectares in Vellakoil and Muthur areas.