TAMIL NADU

Nominations invited for Manimekalai Award

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The State Government has invited nominations for presenting Manimekalai Award for the year 2008-09 to the best-performing self-help groups and panchayat-level federations (PLF) for SHGs.

The federations and SHGs will be selected based on their performance for the award.

A sum of Rs. 1 lakh will be given as cash reward to the federation selected at the State level and Rs. 50,000 for the SHG.

According to a press release, a total of three SHGs will be selected for the award at the district level and a sum of Rs. 10,000 each will be provided. One federation will be selected at the district level and awarded Rs. 50,000.

Federations that are functioning for the last two years and have enrolled all the SHG members in the respective panchayats, are eligible to submit nominations for the award. A federation should have conducted meetings at least 20 times in the last two years.

The groups, completing a minimum of four years of its existence, are eligible to submit nominations for the award. Each group should have been graded for the credit-linkage.

The nominations should be submitted to the Block Development Officer or Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam within July 25.

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