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Puthuvaalvu Thittam


Name of the Department

:

“Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department”

Head of office designation

:

District Project Manager

Address

:

58,C-Ramaiah Nagar, 1st Street,Manthithoppu Road

Kovilpatti   - 628 501.

Phone No

:

0461 – 220027

E’mail id

:

tutpvds(at)yahoo(dot)in

Pudhu Vaazhvu Project (Formerly known as Vazhndhu Kaattuvom Project)

 

Department Profile

Introduction

Pudhu Vaazhvu Project is an empowerment and poverty alleviation project implemented by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, with World Bank assistance. The project is implemented over a 6 year period at an outlay of Rs.717 crores. The Project covers 2517 Village panchayat in 70 Backward Blocks in 15 districts. Though the project was launched in November 2005, effective implementation commenced only from August 2006.

 

Project Objectives:

To empower the poor by improving their livelihoods and reducing poverty by:-

  1. Developing, strengthening pro-poor local institutions at the village level,
  2. Building the skills and capacities of the poor,
  3. Promoting their livelihoods by financing demand driven sub project investments.

Target Population:

The target population of this Project are the poor households, the most vulnerable sections including the physically challenged and the marginalized communities.

 

Project Principles

All activities of the project are implemented by adopting key Non - negotiable principles of the project.

  1. Inclusion of the poorest & disadvantaged - 90% of project funds for every poor and vulnerable
  2. Equity to the disadvantaged especially women
  3. Participation - All decisions based on participating processes, involving at least 60% of the target poor.
  4. Facilitating Style of functioning by officials and staff
  5. Transparency & Accountability ensured at all stages of project implementation

Institutional Arrangements

To implement the project, the following institutional arrangements are in place:

A Society at the State level,

A Society at the District level,

A Project Facilitation Team at the cluster level, each covering 10-15 Village panchayats, &

At the Village panchayat level, an inclusive Community Organisation, by name, Village Poverty Reduction Committee is vested with the responsibility of project implementation.

 

SOCIAL MOBILISATION -INITIATION ACTIVITIES

The Project adopts community driven development approach, involving village communities at every stage of Project

implementation.

The Project activities, to start with, are aimed at social mobilization of the poor and marginalized. After formation and building the

capacity of the community organizations, the Project focuses on livelihood promotion of the target population.

• Initial Communication to create awareness on the Project.

• Identification of target poor by participatory method.

• Grama Sabha approval and release of panchayat initiation fund.

 

The Village Poverty Reduction Committee (VPRC)

The Village Poverty Reduction Committee (VPRC) is a community organization formed under the project

Predominantly, with the representatives of the target population. Each hamlet of the Panchayat is represented by a woman SHG

member from the target population. PLF office bearer, a representative of the disabled & 2 members from youth are also

nominated to VPRC by Grama Sabha. The Village Panchayat President is the EX-officio Chairperson of the VPRC.

 

Social Audit Committee (SAC)

Social Audit Committee (SAC) is constituted by Grama Sabha which plays the role of guardian of the project

principles during the project implementation. The Social Audit Committee is accountable to Grama Sabha and the same

submits the reports to Grama Sabha on regular basis.

 

PIP approval and VPRC formation in all Blocks.

The target people identified through the participatory method are formed as Village poverty Reduction Committee

(VPRC) in all panchayats. As on date, the details are as below.

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

Total no of panchayats

Total no of Panchayats where the PIP list is approved

Total No of VPRCs Formed

1

Pudur - I Phase

44

44

44

2

Kayathar - II Phase

45

45

45

3

Kovilpatti - III Phase

45

45

45

4

Ottapidaram - IV Phase

56

56

56

 

VPRC Plan preparation:

After the VPRCs are formed, VPRC plan is prepared for the Panchayat by undertaking a visioning exercise. This is facilitated by the Project staff. The first instalment of VPRC fund is released after the VPRC plan was prepared and approved.

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

Total no of

VPRCs

Visioning

Exercise

completed

VPRC Plan

approval

VPRCs

signed

agreement

with District

units

Fund released

to VPRCs

1.

Pudur - I Phase

44

44

44

44

44

2

Kayathar - II Phase

45

45

45

45

45

3

Kovilpatti - III Phase

45

45

45

45

45

4

Ottapidaram - IV Phase

56

56

56

56

56

 

Details on Village Fund Release from 2006 – 2011 (in Lakhs)

 All the funds viz., The VPRC fund, Amuthasurabi Fund to Panchayat level federation(PLF), Incentive fund to village Panchayats through the VPRC and funds to federation development(computer purchase) are channelled through the village poverty reduction committees

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

VPRC

fund

Amudha

Surabhi

Fund

VPRC

incentive fund

VP

incentive fund

Federation

Development fund

Total

1

Pudur - I Phase

293.28

433.51

24.00

71.60

26.40

848.79

2

Kayathar - II Phase

349.64

435.86

12.00

81.00

27.00

905.50

3

Kovilpatti - III Phase

339.85

288.37

-

33.60

27.00

688.82

4

Ottapidaram - IV Phase

467.89

367.58

-

-

33.60

869.07

 

Self Help Groups (SHG)

Self Help Groups(SHG) the left out target poor, and persons with disability are formed into self help groups with 10-20 in a group or 5 - 10 in the case of persons with disabilities. The Members in the SHG are given training to build their capacities and encouraged to save money. They are then directly credit linked to banks, converged with the Government Schemes and ensured to access funds to start livelihood activities. Sufficient hand holding support is given to the SHGs which are monitored by CSTs (Community SGH trainers) who have been developed by the project.

 

Types of SHG

S.No

Types of SHG

Age limit

1

Women SHG

18-60

2

Youth SHG

18-35

3

Disabled SHG

5 and above

4

Tribal SHG

18-60

 

Mobilization of House Holds in to SHGs and Linkage’s Details

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

No.of Target House Holds

No.of Eligible House Holds

No.of House Holds Mobilised in to SHGs

Total New SHGs (W+Y+T)

Total Existing SHGs

Total SHGs

SHGs given
 Seed Money

SHGs Received Revolving Fund

SHGs Received Direct Linkage

SHGs Received Economic Assistance

Existing

New

Total

SHGs

SHGs

Amount

SHGs

Amount

SHGs

Amount

1

Pudur -
I Phase

5273

4094

2817

1277

4094

150

418

568

140

555

182.1

453

946.2

45

131.9

2

Kayathar  -
II Phase

5784

4959

3351

1608

4959

149

516

665

146

655

319.35

497

650.12

69

240.44

3

Kovilpatti -
III Phase

7879

6580

3434

3146

6580

233

379

612

233

593

311.8

373

728.6

37

137.7

4

Ottapidaram -
 IV Phase

10607

8260

5552

2708

8260

223

599

822

211

573

257.25

257

279.8

13

30.25

 

Status of PLF Restructured and All Activities

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

No.of PLFs Restructured

No.of PLFs Registered

No.of Members Enrolled

Total Members

No.of PLFs Received

ASF

Total Amunt

No.of persons Received loan

No.of PLFs

Received

Bulk loan

No.of

persons

Received

Bulk loan

Target

Non Target

Ist Instalment

IInd Instalment

Members

Amt

PLFs

Amount

No

Amount

PLFs

Amount

PLFs

Amount

1

Pudur

I Phase

44

36

4578

5020

9598

43

253.83

26

104

357.83

3574

465.96

1

9.6

81

9.6

2

Kayathar 

II Phase

45

36

5213

6128

11341

45

296.34

-

-

296.34

2744

378.24

-

-

-

-

3

Kovilpatti

III Phase

45

36

6666

4468

11134

45

288.37

-

-

288.37

2504

321.93

-

-

-

-

4

Ottapidaram

IV Phase

56

38

7838

4334

12172

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

SPECIAL FOCUS FOR DIFFERENTLYABLED

Empower and mainstream the physically challenged and most vulnerable by proactively including them through the social mobilization and institution building of the Project and thereby providing livelihood opportunities, quality of life and securing their dignity. The project has been able to reach the marginalized like the differentlyabled, vulnerable and tribals and bring them into the mainstream. Apart from assisting special SHGs, financial assistance is also provided by the VPRCs to differentlyabled and vulnerable persons individually for starting livelihood activities. Some of the Project interventions are:

• Disability assessment

• National ID cards

• Aids and appliances

• Self help groups for the disabled

• Medical care

• Vocational skill Training

• Individual assistance for livelihoods

• Economic activity groups

• Old age Pension

• Insurance Scheme

 

Pudhu Vaazhvu project gives most priority to Differentlyabled and Vulnerable persons. The Village poverty Reduction Committees give a fair share of individual assistance to differently abled and vulnerable persons. The details are as below.

 

Block Wise - Project Assistance as on September 2011

 

 

S.No

 

Names of the Blocks

No of Differently abled  identified

No of Vulnerable Identified

Total Differently abled identified

No of persons received Individual assistance for livelihood

Total Vulnerable identified

No of persons received Individual assistance for livelihood

1

Pudur - I Phase

1291

1287

939

937

2

Kayathar - II Phase

1436

1436

783

783

3

Kovilpatti III Phase

1392

1190

1399

1188

4

Ottapidaram IV Phase

1669

1404

2401

1782

 

Differently abled persons - Social Entitlement data as on September 2011

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

Total Differently abled identified

Entitlements

Disability Id Card

Aids and Appliances

Nirmaya Health Insurance card

Eligible

Received

Balance

Eligible

Received

Balance

Eligible

Received

Balance

1

Pudur  - I Phase

 

 

 

 

1291

1147

1147

-

205

216

-

172

116

56

2

Kayathar - II Phase

 

 

 

1436

1333

1333

-

279

237

42

179

52

127

3

Kovilpatti  - III Phase

 

 

 

1392

1304

1304

-

209

195

14

166

-

166

4

Ottapidaram - IV Phase

 

 

 

1669

1409

1409

-

304

89

215

-

-

-

 

Social Safety - data as on September 2011

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

Total Differently abled identified

Social Safety net - Measures

MG Grants

PHP

OAP

Livelihood financial assistance

Housing Schemes

AAY

Eligible

Received

Balance

Eligible

Received

Balance

Eligible

Received

Balance

DRI loan

NF HDC

SGSY/ DDRO

IAY

KVVT

Free house

1

Pudur I Phase

1291

164

164

-

248

151

97

693

679

14

27

-

22

172

53

32

1188

2

Kayathar II Phase

1436

203

203

-

334

146

188

1216

983

233

4

-

8

451

32

5

1059

3

Kovilpatti III Phase

1392

308

303

5

130

92

38

1310

1270

310

-

-

-

168

20

12

1130

4

Ottapidaram IV Phase

1669

228

116

112

1078

172

906

2074

335

1739

435

-

834

791

86

38

1179

 

  

AMUDHA SURABI

Amudha Surabi is an additional financial resource provided to the community and is expected to supplement the revolving fund and bank loans provided to SHGs.

 

• Amudha Surabi is a corpus fund of minimum Rs 6 lakhs, given to each VPRC to help SHG members to start economic activities.

• This fund will be managed by the PLFs on behalf of the VPRCs.

• The PLF will provide loans to SHG members at reasonable rates of interest giving priority to the target population while sanctioning the loans.

• The PLFs have to be restructured as per the guidelines of the government and registered under TN Societies Act, 1975 to be eligible to handle the    corpus fund.

 

LIVELIHOOD PROMOTION

To promote the livelihoods of the poor, the project follows three approaches.

 

SKILL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Job oriented skill development training for youth leading to employment in corporate sector or self employment

 

S.No

Blocks

Eligible youths

No.of youths undergone training

No.of youth skill trainings completed

No.of youths employed

1

Pudur - I Phase

2526

146

2779

2520

2

Kayathar - II Phase

2437

107

2010

1826

3

Kovilpatti  - III Phase

3392

241

2026

1884

4

Ottapidaram -  IV Phase

3353

477

1481

1345

 

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES / FEDERATIONS

• Promoting individual livelihoods through small loans from VPRCs or through the

   Livelihood Corpus Fund available with Panchayat Level Federations (PLFs) of SHGs. Promoting small group activities through

   Revolving fund and other Bank linkages.

• To achieve sustainability and scale, the project supports formation of Economic

  Activity federations around major economic activities in which the poor are engaged.

 

Economic Activity federation fund details :( period 2008 – 2011)

 We have formed Five Economic activity federations from among our target poor people. All the economic activity federations covered 98 target families.

S.No

Names of the panchayats

Names of Institutions

No of Beneficiaries

Fund Released from PVP

1

KeelaArunachalapuram

Charcoal Federation

14

80,670

2

Chennampatti

Charcoal Federation

14

77,055

3

Gowdanpatti

Masonry Federation

30

1,60,000

4

Mathalapuram

Garment Federation

20

1,55,000

5

Lakshmipuram

Charcoal Federation

20

58,000

 

Common Livelihood Groups (CLG)

The CLGs are formed from among the individuals doing same business .The CLG promotes the marketing and Infrastructure for the

business improvements.

 

S.No

Blocks

Common Livelihood Groups

Total

Dairy

Goat

Garments

Others

1

Pudur - I Phase

5

38

2

7

52

2

Kayathar - II Phase

26

23

1

6

56

3

Kovilpatti - III Phase

5

44

4

1

54

4

Ottapidaram - IV Phase

5

30

1

-

36

 

Community SHG Trainers, Trained

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

No.of CSTs

No.of CSTs Trained

MI

MII

MIII

Book Keeping

1

Pudur - I Phase

76

76

76

76

76

2

Kayathar - II Phase

71

71

71

71

71

3

Kovillpatti- III Phase

78

78

78

78

78

4

Ottapidaram-IV Phase

73

73

73

73

73

 

 

Community Professionals - Block Wise

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

No.of CPs

1

Pudur - I Phase

89

2

Kayathar - II Phase

90

3

Kovillpatti- III Phase

81

 

Panchayat Level Federations Trained

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

No.of PLFs Restructured

 

 

 

No.of PLFs Trained

1

Pudur - I Phase

44

44

2

Kayathar - II Phase

45

45

3

Kovillpatti- III Phase

45

45

4

Ottapidaram-IV Phase

56

46

  

Self Help Groups Trained

 

S.No

Names of the Blocks

SHG -Categories

No.of SHGs

No.of SHGs Trained

MI

MII

MIII

A&R Book Keeping

1

Pudur - I Phase

Target Women

Special Groups

Youth Groups

Existing Groups

104

95

46

418

104

95

46

418

104

95

46

418

104

95

46

418

104

95

46

418

2

Kayathar - II Phase

Target Women

Special Groups

Youth Groups

Existing Groups

109

94

40

516

109

94

40

516

109

94

40

516

109

94

40

516

109

94

40

516

3

Kovillpatti- III Phase

Target Women

Special Groups

Youth Groups

Existing Groups

190

101

43

379

190

101

43

379

190

101

43

379

190

101

43

379

190

101

43

379

4

Ottapidaram- IV Phase

 

Target Women

Special Groups

Youth Groups

Existing Groups

106

128

17

599

106

128

17

599

103

128

10

599

103

127

10

599

103

123

10

599

 

Community Professionals (Grade Wise) honorarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.No

 

 

 

 

 

Grade

With in the District

Out side the District

Project

Other Department

Project

Other Department

1

A

200

250

300

350

2

B

150

200

200

300

3

C

125

150

175

250

4

D

125

150

175

200

 

Community Professionals - Subject Specialization

 

S.No

Subject Specialization

No.of CPs

1

VPRC

82

2

PLF

31

3

SAC

24

4

Book Keeper

29

5

SHG

69

6

YOUTH

2

7

AUDIT

4

8

ANNUAL PLAN

1

9

SUBCOMMITTEE

6

10

COMMUNICATION

1

11

MONITORING

1

12

COMMUNITY SCORE CARD

10

  

Creating Social Capital

A remarkable innovation in the project has been the transfer of experience gained by village level workers from one village to another and building training capacity at the village level itself. This social capital has been very useful scaling up the project within a short period of time.

  • The project has established a cadre of community level professionals (CPs) who are willing to provide their services as trainers to other project villages or line departments.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for the CPs to provide services on a continuous basis, Community Professional learning and training centres (CPLTC) have been established and are managed by the community themselves.
  • CPLTCs provide a platform for community members to share their learning and experience and are meant to facilitate community to community learning.
  • 250 community professionals have been trained in the project districts and are rendering useful services to the project villages.
  • The project provides initial seed money to set up CPLTC.
  • To know more about the CPLTC, you can contact Phone No: 04632 - 225 221

The PVP has been expanded to Vilathikulam Block as per G.O.(MS)No..27/R.D&P.R, Department dt: 28.02.11

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