PUDHU VAAZHVU PROJECT
About the Project
Pudhu Vaazhvu Project has been implemented in Ariyalur District from June 2011 as per G.O.Ms.No. 27 RD & PR Department dated 28.2.2011.
One of the prime objectives of Government of Tamil Nadu is to alleviate poverty and to ensure inclusive growth. The World Bank funded Pudhu Vaazhvu, an Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project is an important initiative in this direction. The project is implemented in 2514 village Panchayats in 70 Backward Blocks in the Ist phase with an outlay of 717.00 crores. In addition 1616 village Panchayats in 50 blocks have been taken up with an outlay of 950 crores in the second phase from June 2011. In total 4130 village Panchayats in 26 districts of 120 blocks are covered under Pudhu Vaazhvu Project in Tamil Nadu.
In the Ist phase T.Palur and Jayankondam Blocks have been taken up in 68 villages and in the IInd phase Sendurai and Thirumanur Blocks have been taken up in 66 villages from October 2011.
A sum of 56.49 crores has been earmarked to Ariyalur District. The project will be implemented for three years from June 2011 to 30.6.2017.
The goal of the project is reduction of poverty among the rural poor and other vulnerable groups and to promote their empowerment through targeted assistance for productive livelihood activities in a more enabling village environment, adopting Community Driven Development (CDD) approach.
The project is based on cardinal principles of equity, inclusion, facilitation, participation, transparency and accountability which are adopted as key non-negotiable principles.
The specific objective of the project is to empower the poor and to improve their livelihood through
Ø Developing, strengthening and synergizing pro-poor local institutions / groups (including village panchayats)
Ø Enhancing skills and capacities of the poor (especially women and the vulnerable).
Ø Financing productive demand-driven sub-project investments related to livelihoods for the target poor.
The target population of this Project are the poor households, the most vulnerable sections including the physically challenged and the marginalized communities.
Ø Community Driven Development Approach.
Ø Livelihood Focus
Ø Focus on Women Development
Ø Special Package for Differently abled,
Ø Tribal & Vulnerable people
VPRC is a community organization formed under the project predominantly with representation of the target population. Each hamlet of the Panchayat is represented by a women SHG member from the target population. A PLF office Bearer, a representative of the disabled, 2 members from youth is also nominated to VPRC by Grama Sabha. The village Panchayat president is the Ex- officio Chairperson of the VPRC. All village funds are directly transferred to the VPRC and it implements the project at the village level. Now there are 134 VPRCs and 12 Tribal VPRCs.
SAC is a 5 member body performing the role of a watch dog to ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the Project principles in letter and spirit is a social accountability mechanism and reports directly to the Grama Sabha. There are 134 SACs functioning now.
The project mobilizes the left out target poor, the marginalized and differently abled persons into Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 12 to 20 members in a group or 5 to 10 members in the case of Special groups for differently abled persons. The poor and vulnerable members of the SHGs are given trainings to capacitate and empower them to manage their institutions effectively and in a transparent manner. There are 3769 Woman SHGs and 642 Differently abled SHGs in all the four blocks
Panchayat Level Federation (PLF) is a Community Organization consisting of members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in a Village Panchayat. PLF as a community level pro poor institution registered under TN Societies Registration ACT 1975 with a collective objective of Socio –Economic empowerment of its members through micro credit linkages from banks and converging departments. 134 Panchayat level federations and 12 Tribal livelihood sub Committees have been formed by Ariyalur Pudhu Vaazhvu Project to access to Amutha Surabi Fund (ASF).Common Livelihood Group (CLG)
Individuals who do productive activities are brought together to access services, cut cost, increase profitability and market linkages.136 CLGs have been formed for dairy activities, Goat Rearing, Agri based and garment activities.
Skill Training and Placement
Skill training and placement is an important livelihood intervention among the rural youth. Various measures have been taken up by the project in bringing opportunities to the livelihood of the target poor. 14 Job fairs have been conducted by the participation of Corporates in block level which facilitates to bridge the Gap between the employer and employee. Youths have gained direct employment in companies which has led to increased household income level and personal development. Apart from creating direct employment skill training is provided to youth and are placed in various companies and vendor units. Skill training is provided through pro active vocational training institutions in the district which has helped rural youth in the project areas to gain employment and help in economic development of their households. 11263 Eligible youth have been identified and 8361 youth have been imparted training and 7122 youths have been provided with placement. The youth have been trained in construction, driving, plumbing, CNC operators, nursing assistants, automobile mechanics, beautician, Tailoring, Welding and JCB operators.
Common Livelihood Groups (CLGSs):-
The Target community members who are involved in a common activity have associated into a Common Livelihood Groups to access common services in procurements, transport, marketing, training and value additions enabling them to cut down costs and increase profits by collective action. Veterinary camps, training on dairy and animal management, book keeping, value addition and leveraging services through convergence is being done by Common livelihood groups.
DISABILITY AND VULNERABLE COMPONENT
The project has been able to reach the marginalized like the disabled, vulnerable and tribal and bring them into the mainstream. Apart from assisting disabled SHGs, financial assistance is also provided by the VPRCs to disabled and vulnerable persons individually for starting livelihood activities. Aids & appliances, convergence , Insurance, Spl Group formation, seed money, bank linkages, physiotherophy, Skill training are also provided to differently abled SHGs.
Empowering the Tribal:
In order to empower the tribal who form a minuscule minority in Tamil Nadu, the project by design, has promoted exclusive institutions for the tribal like the tribal VPRC and transferred funds to them. Higher allocation of project funds to tribal families. Tribal sub-committees to plan and execute tribal development plans. Engaging Tribal Community Facilitators (TCF) for better facilitation.
Mavatta MaKaMai :
The Project has developed a wide range of social capital in various specialties from the target community. They have been formed into a Community Resource Centre called “Mavatta MaKaMai” to help the Project in training and strengthening the CBOs. The MaKaMai provides its services to VPRC/PLFs/SAC and also supports other Government agencies. The services of the CPs are utilized on payment by the institution to which the services are rendered. The MaKaMai is having four units for focusing specialization activities of CBOs i.e 1. Institutional Development 2.Savings & Credit 3.Community Professional 4.Livelihood.
e-Common Service Centre :
Common Service Centres have been established in all 134 Village Panchayats and in Jayankondam, T.Palur, Sendurai and Thirumanur Block offices. In the CSCs, revenue department Certificate , Social welfare scheme benefits can be applied through online, EB Bill payment, Insurance premium and Aadhar related services are also provided. The youth can use the centres for public exam results, tele medicine details, apply for group service exams, getting study materials, plan for travel and paying online payments etc.
VPRC,PLF and CLG fund
Yourth Skill Training and Placment
Financial Assistance to Differenabled vulnerable From 2012-13 to 2015-16
e-Common Service Centre