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Viable cluster formation of villages will lead to overall development: VC

FOR VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT: The GRI Vice-Chancellor, T. Karunakaran, delivering the keynote address at the regional-level orientation training programme on `participatory resource mapping,' in Gandhigram Rural Institute near Dindigul on Tuesday.

FOR VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT: The GRI Vice-Chancellor, T. Karunakaran, delivering the keynote address at the regional-level orientation training programme on `participatory resource mapping,' in Gandhigram Rural Institute near Dindigul on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: A viable cluster formation of villages that are situated within the `cycle commune' distance will help those villages share resources and facilities equally for an overall development and self-reliance. Energy, information, knowledge, commercial and physical connectivity should be created within the cluster villages.

This point was highlighted at a four-day regional-level orientation training programme on `Participatory resource mapping,' for model village representatives of Nehru Yuva Kendras from 15 districts held in Gandhigram Rural Institute here on Tuesday.

In his special address, the GRI Vice-Chancellor, T. Karunakaran, said the responsibility of the people and experts was essential to achieve it. While villagers identify projects or schemes on the basis of their needs, experts and technocrats should assess bad and good impact of those programmes.

People should have powers to say the final word in this connection. Model village representatives should identify the `best thinking' of the people and translate such thoughts into action. They should take a decision for such fruitful thoughts. On the whole, the cluster should act as `knowledge centre' for distributing and sharing resources equally, he said.

In his inaugural address, the District Rural Development Agency Project Officer, P. Murugesan, said pro-activeness, win-win attitude, specific motto and right direction were essential for village representatives in creating a model village in each district.

Detailing the methods of the village mapping, N. Narayanaswamy, GRI professor, said village representatives would assess natural, financial, social and human resource in the chosen village. While assessing social capital, they should also assess factors such as community links and reciprocity among communities. Strong social capital was necessary to utilise all resources properly.

The NYK Coordinator, M. Sadacharavel, said the model villages had been identified in all 531 districts in the country. Rajadhanikottai in Nilakottai taluk had been identified in Dindigul district. All technological and social and economic innovative ideas would be applied for an overall development of the village. NYK representatives would conduct a total survey and chalk out growth plans. They would identify resources and find ways for resource generation. Quality participation rather than quantity should be encouraged.

The Ammayanaickanur special panchayat president, R. Dhandapani, assured to extend all assistance for conducting the survey and enhancing the quality of life of the rural people.

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