Collector V. Rajaraman has announced that the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) will be implemented in three panchayat unions in the district.
Addressing a gram sabha meeting at Nainarvayal in Thirumanavayal panchayat on Wednesday, he said Devakottai, Kalayarkoil and Manamadurai panchayat unions had been selected for implementation of the scheme. The scheme was aimed at reducing poverty by promoting diversified and gainful self-employment opportunities to the poor, he said.
Under NRLM, poor people in the BPL (below poverty line) category would be identified in the three panchayat unions and they would be given revolving fund through a panchayat committee as part of promoting the self-employment opportunities, the Collector said adding the scheme would be implemented for five to seven years. The committee would help the beneficiaries with training programme, banking service and marketing facilities, he said.
He said the government had accorded sanction for the construction of 3,000 farm ponds in the district for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. The farm ponds would be constructed by involving the workers employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, he said.
Water will be supplied soon to Maruloothu through the Tamiraparani Combined Drinking water Scheme, Collector T. N. Hariharan said.
Speaking at a gram sabha meeting, he pointed out that the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had issued orders to accord priority to drinking water supply till June.
Other demands like grant of old age pension, construction of a bridge near temple and patta transfer would be taken up in July, Mr. Hariharan said.
Collector K.S. Palanisamy presided over a gram sabha meeting held at Unjampatti near here. He said that solar houses would be constructed in the village.
Identification of sites for establishing farm ponds, approval of below poverty line list and identification of target people were okayed at the gram sabha meeting held at Pillamanaickenpatti near here. Ten ponds would be established in the village, said the village panchayat president M. Bagavathi.
The sabha also approved of sinking of five borewells, construction of green houses with solar power facilities and rehabilitation of supply channels and rural tank.
Observing the meeting, Collector N. Venkatachalam said that the government had permitted to dig borewells up to 600 feet only. But water level had gone below 1,200 feet in Thoppapatti union. Hence, we sought special permission to sink borewell to augment water supply. Stern action will be initiated against residents using electric motors to draw drinking water.