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British aid for providing livelihood opportunities

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 1. The British Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India, Stuart Innes, today handed over a cheque for Rs. 8.23 lakhs to Kuthambakkam panchayat president, Elango.

The fund will be used to start a panchayat academy for sustainable livelihood. "The aim of this project is to establish a rural network which will provide livelihood opportunities for families living below the poverty line," said Mr. Innes. "A network of elected village panchayats and self-help groups will work on child literacy, gender equality, better utilisation of local resources, health, sanitation and energy including renewable energy."

Mr. Innes said that the funds for the project were from the Small Grants Scheme and that the project was a good example of what schemes tried to achieve. This was the third programme that the British were aiding in Tamil Nadu in recent years.

The academy would share good practices on building a sustainable, land-based village economy by involving panchayat leaders, self-help groups and village youth. Initially the project would cover four blocks in the Tiruvallur district - Poonamallee, Kadambathur, Ellapuram and Tiruthani. The training modules and workshops at the academy aim to increase awareness among villagers of their rights, capabilities to evolve cost-effective technologies and generate employment for themselves. About 360 panchayats were targeted in the first year.

Mr.Elango said that his village was spearheading the formation of the academy. "Sometime ago we were plagued by problems of alcoholism, caste inequities, illiteracy and lack of participation from women and youth. Today, the picture is completely different."

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