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Commitment to community



For the people: the CSC in Poornankuppam — Pic. by T. Singaravelou

NON GOVERNMENT Organisations in Pondicherry work in tandem with the Government in implementing welfare schemes in rural areas. One among them is the Community Seva Centre (CSC) in Poornankuppam village in Ariyankuppam Commune Panchayat limits in Pondicherry. The centre has been functioning since 1993, implementing programmes in the areas of health, education, economic development, ecology and sanitation.

The founder of the CSC, A. K. Nehru, said the CSC was working in 14 villages where as many as 132 women self-help groups, each comprising 15 to 20 members, had come together to form a federation called the Seva Mahalir Sangamam.

Nehru said the youth had been given training in computer and the women in tailoring. Initially, these schemes were sponsored by the Pondicherry State Social Welfare Advisory Board and subsequently by the District Industries Centre (DIC). The Coir Board was also training the people to make various coir products. "Senior citizens are also taken care of by the CSC," said Nehru. Seven senior citizen groups had been formed and their health care needs taken care of through regular dental and eye camps. The Total Sanitation Programme being implemented in collaboration with the Council for People's Action for Rural Technologies is another endeavour on the part of the CSC to ensure a hygienic environment in these villages.

Tsunami relief

The CSC has distributed kits containing provisions, household articles and other commodities to 6,000 families as part of the relief work in tsunami-hit villages in the Union Territory. Training boys and girls in various sports and promotion of women's literacy are also on the agenda of the CSC.

R. NATARAJAN

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