Visit to Taluk and District Offices (November 26, 2018)
At the Taluk Office Complex of Kollihills at Semmedu, the Team met with the Project Officer (Mr. Yuvaraj) who spoke to us of the projects being run currently on the Hills and directed us to THADCO (Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Limited) at Namakkal (district headquarter) to learn more about training, subsidies and loans for the tribal people. He also informed us about Women Development Corporation (WDC) functioning from the Collector’s Office at Namakkal having done a survey of the population of the Hills.
There is a e-seva (e-service) centre operating at the Taluk Office Complex where the tribal people are given any number of services, most free of cost.
Travelling down to Namakkal town, and the Collector’s Office Complex, the Team met with Ms. Kasthuri of THADCO, who briefed us on all programs of tribal development particularly of training, subsidy and loans for the tribal youth with skills. On her direction, the Team then met with the Project Director of the WDC (Dr. R. Mani) who in turn briefed us on the Pudhu Vazhvu (New Life) Thittam (Project), which has been implemented from 2006 through to 2016. He gave us the information that the Pudhu Vazhvu Thittam was primarily for alleviating village poverty (A poverty detection officer was in charge of the poverty survey of the Kollihills) and was an employment related program of development.
Pudhu Vazhvu Thittam (PVT) was a special focus on women (Mahalir Thittam – Women’s Project) and targeted people such as the Malayali tribe with an express objective of evaluation and monitoring of the programs in place. Forty-five of the 251 hamlets of the Kollihills were selected under the scheme and were given 100 per cent coverage.
The PVT worked in the following manner. On completing a survey of the population of the villages, in all relevant aspects of sustainable development, a Village Development Plan was prepared by the participating community. A Model of Development that could be adopted was then prepared and implemented. The Project Director of the WDC categorically said that the PVT was a great success in the State.
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