Shantha Sheela Nair, Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission interacting with the members of women SHGs involving in processing of tamarind at Acharaalli Ettiampatti village in Dharmapuri district on Friday. Collector K. Vivekanandan also in the picture.-Photo:Special Arrangement.
A sum of Rs. 52-lakh was sanctioned by the State Government to a tamarind processing unit of women Self Help Groups(SHG) at Acharaalli panchayat in Pennagaram taluk in Dharmapuri district.
This was announced by Shantha Sheela Nair, Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission here on Friday. The fund was allocated from the State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF)
Ms. Nair visited the tamarind processing unit at Ettiyampatti village in Acharaalli panchayat on Friday and interacted with the members of women SHGs who were involved in tamarind processing.
Impressed over the tamarind processing project, Ms. Nair suggested if the project was properly implemented, it could be a model project and could be replicated in other backward panchayat unions in the State.
Ms. Nair stressed on maintaining good health and explained how the total sanitation scheme would improve lifestyle of the rural masses.Earlier, she had reviewed the schemes being implemented through the SBGF at the Collectorate and explained how through various projects the backwardness could be addressed .She said that the District Human Development Index could be addressed only if there is improvement in parameters such as poverty, per capita income ,literacy, industrial development and gender gap is reduced.
It was also informed at the meeting that the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has announced a grant of Rs. 13-crore for various development works in the district. Rs. 3.38-crore was sanctioned under SBGF for the district. Proposals were sent to the State Planning Commission by the district administration to utilise the remaining amount announced by the Chief Minister, Collector K. Vivekanandan said.
During Mr.Nair’s visit, Collector K. Vivekanandan accompanied her for inspection of the tamarind processing unit besides attending the review meeting.
P. Selvarajan, Additional Director, Rural Development, State Planning Commission and K. Aarthi, District Planning Officer among others participated in the meeting.