TAMIL NADU

264 temple cattle given to 53 SHGs

BENEFICIAL:Collector M. Jayaraman handing over  

Staff Reporter

Move to ensure decent revenue to them in Tirunelveli district

TIRUNELVELI: Following the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Commissioner's directive to hand over some of the cows and bulls offered to the holy shrines to the approved self-help groups to ensure decent revenue to them, District Collector M. Jayaraman on Friday handed over 264 cattle to 53 SHGs.

These cattle, offered by the devotees to Lord Subramania Swamy Temple, Tiruchendur, were kept in the ‘kosaalai' in Subramaniapuram in the district.

Pursuant to the HR and CE Commissioner's directive to hand over some of the cattle in the ‘kosaalai' to the SGHs, Mr. Jayaraman formed a 3-member committee comprising Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, Joint Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Joint Commissioner, HR and CE, to identify the groups which are performing really well.

Based on the recommendations, 126 cows, 120 calves and 18 bulls were handed over to 264 women attached to 53 SHGs at a simple function held at Subramaniapuram near Palayamkottai on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jayaraman said the cattle, offered by the devotees to Lord Subramania Swamy Temple at Tiruchendur during every Friday, Vaikaasi visaagam and the celebrations organised during the Tamil months of Aavani and Maasi, were being given to the self-help groups with the objective of saving the offerings from being sold to the slaughter houses even as helping the SHGs to get some revenue from the animals. Hence the SHG members should take extreme care in maintaining these cattle.

“I appeal to every beneficiary to maintain the cattle in the best possible manner so that they can get decent and constant revenue,” Mr. Jayaraman said.

Joint Commissioner, Lord Subramania Swamy Temple, Tiruchendur P. Baskaran, Project Officer Mahalir Thittam G. Muthu Meenal, Joint Director, Department of Animal Husbandry N. Ramanujam and others were present.