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By S. Nadarajan
With a little over 100 houses, the village, falling under the Kuruvinatham Assembly constituency, is very close to Tamil Nadu. The villagers had been indulging in illicit distillation of arrack and had enjoyed the patronage of bootleggers from outside Pondicherry.
The efforts of the officials, particularly R. Radhakrishnan, MLA, and A. Anbarasu, then District Collector of Pondicherry, finally bore fruit after more than two years with the villagers, especially, women taking a vow to do away with illicit distillation of arrack anywhere in the village.
They have decided to take up development activities through self-help groups and create a peaceful ambience in the hamlet. Three self-help groups--Sembaruthi Magalir Suya Udhavi Kuzhu, Kurunji Magalir Suya Udhavi Kuzhu and Kalaimagal Magalir Suya Udhavi kuzhu have come into being now.
They recalled with gratitude the efforts of Mr. Radhakrishnan and Mr. Anbarasu, who took firm steps to wean them away from the activity.
The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, during his visit to the village on Thursday, distributed loans ranging between Rs. 12,000 and 17,000, provided either by the State Cooperative Bank or the Indian Bank for purchase of milch animals, to thirty women, attached to two self-help groups and 31 others. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a Sinna Karayambuthur all women cooperative milk producers society. A van had also been provided to a self-help group under loan-cum-subsidy scheme operated by the Backward Classes Development Corporation of Pondicherry.
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