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Partnering development:(From left) V. Vaikunth, managing trustee, Sree Balaji Seva Trust; P Murari, adviser to president, FICCI; and former DGP V.R. Lakshmi Narayanan interacting with Sasi Rekha, Madhuranthagam panchayat union chairperson, at the launching of a village adoption scheme in Chennai.
Partnering development:(From left) V. Vaikunth, managing trustee, Sree Balaji Seva Trust; P Murari, adviser to president, FICCI; and former DGP V.R. Lakshmi Narayanan interacting with Sasi Rekha, Madhuranthagam panchayat union chairperson, at the launching of a village adoption scheme in Chennai.

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Valluvapakkam, Eruvakkam to get more facilities in phases

CHENNAI: Sree Balaji Seva Trust on Monday launched a scheme to adopt two villages in Kancheepuram district.

Under the scheme, Valluvapakkam and Eruvakkam villages will be provided drinking water, public sanitation facilities, school infrastructure including compound wall and playground and a dairy farm unit as an income generating initiative for women in phases.

N. Ravi, Editor, The Hindu launched the scheme at a function hosted at the Raj Bhavan. In a message, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala hailed the initiative and said NGOs and Trusts should be pillars of support to the Government and extend a helping hand to bring about development in the villages.

V. Vaikunth, former Director General of Police and Managing Trustee of the Trust, said protected water supply to primary schools in the villages had been provided under the first phase of the scheme at a cost of Rs.35,000. Sanitation facilities would be provided in the next phase at an estimated cost of Rs.2.50 lakh and school furniture at a cost of Rs.2 lakh.

The village adoption scheme follows several successful community projects undertaken by the Trust, such as a campaign against child mortality, vocational training for physically challenged children, compilation of a multi-lingual CD on road safety for free distribution across schools in the State besides Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, he said. The Trust would soon establish an institute for rehabilitating juvenile delinquents, the Managing Trustee said.

Offering felicitations, P. Murari, advisor to the president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the scheme should not be a one-shot affair and should be the starting point for adoption of more villages. He called for a thrust on women's empowerment initiatives in the rural areas.

V.R. Lakshmi Narayanan, former DGP, said the adopted villages should be developed to become model hamlets that will inspire other panchayats to follow suit. He assured the Trustees that funds would not be a problem as philanthropists were wiling to volunteer donations if the money was managed by competent hands.

In a special address, Mr. Ravi said the village adoption marked an effort at addressing the issue of mass deprivation. Other initiatives of the Trust such as the campaign against child mortality were worthy of replication in other villages, he said.

On the occasion, an appointment order for a job in a garment export unit was handed over to a woman prisoner under the Trust's rehabilitation scheme for prisoners.

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