Dindigul gets Rs.1.57 cr. for development schemes

Staff Reporter

Meant for the welfare of Adi Dravidars, especially self-help groups

DINDIGUL: The State Government has allocated Rs.1.57 crores for the financial year 2006-07 for implementing various development schemes meant for the welfare of Adi Dravidars in the district.

A major amount was allocated for various activities of self-help groups and for revolving fund, said Collector R. Vasuki.

She was inaugurating a conference on welfare of Adi Dravidars organised by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Limited (TAHDCO) at the Collectorate here on Thursday.

A total of Rs.87.25 lakh has been allocated for revolving fund and support grant to extend financial support to SHGs.

About Rs.25.40 lakh would be disbursed as loans to individuals and Rs.11.25 lakh would be spent for agriculture land purchase scheme by women.

A sum of Rs.11.10 lakh would be used for imparting industrial training to Adi Dravidars and Rs.14.28 lakh for implementation of self-employment programme for youth.

Twenty-two women had received Rs.14.38 lakh for purchase of agriculture land last year. More women should come forward to purchase land under this scheme. Target fixed by the government in providing training for nursing assistant and self-employment was achieved. Entrepreneur training was imparted to 1,120 women and economic grant was given to 670 beneficiaries.

Total beneficiaries under various TAHDCO schemes in 2005-06 were 6,635 persons compared to 2,028 in the previous year.

Bankers should cooperate fully with the district administration in executing welfare schemes of TAHDCO, said Ms. Vasuki.

Lead Bank Manager, T. Palanisamy and DRDA Project Officer P. Ponnaiyan spoke.