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Tamil Nadu leads in urban poverty alleviation

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The Times of India        07.04.2017 

Tamil Nadu leads in urban poverty alleviation

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CHENNAI: From giving subsidised loans to forming self-help groups, Tamil Nadu leads other states in addressing urban poverty during the last three years, said Rao Inderjit Singh, minister of state for housing and urban poverty alleviation, in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The minister said the state was in the "forefront in assisting urban poor" with subsidised loans for self-employment through setting up of individual and group micro enterprises under Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-NULM (DAY-NULM).

From 2014 to 2017, the Tamil Nadu government provided skills training for 1.04lakh urban poor, the third highest after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, and gave subsidised loans to 30.25 lakh beneficiaries. Around 24,000 self-help groups were also formed, way ahead of other states.

Other states that were commended for their performance in alleviating urban poverty include Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) was launched in September, 2016, to reduce urban poverty by enabling access to self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities on a sustainable basis. NULM was launched in 790 cities and towns in 2013. It was subsequently extended to all the statutory 4,041 cities and towns in February, 2016.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 April 2017 09:59

Biogas cuts power bill of Arcot civic body

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The Hindu    07.04.2017 

Biogas cuts power bill of Arcot civic body

Clean energy:Collector S.A. Raman inspecting the biogas plant at Arcot Municipality on Thursday.C. VENKATACHALAPATHYC_VENKATACHALAPATHY  

Plant powers 156 street lights

The Arcot Municipality has been saving at least Rs. 2.25 lakh, every month after it started using the power generated by its biogas plant, according to Collector S.A. Raman.

Using the methane produced at the biogas plant in place of diesel for operating a 30 kVA generator, the municipality was powering 156 street lights and 10 other lights. There was uninterrupted power supply for these lights, thereby reducing the use of diesel. The municipality had been saving at least Rs. 75,000 as electricity charges every month, a release said.

The Collector visited the facility on Thursday. The plant was set up in 2013 under the self-sufficiency scheme at a cost of Rs. 44 lakh.

Earlier, the civic body had been removing its vegetable, fruits and meat waste by involving a private agency and paying them Rs. 3 lakh a month. After the biogas plant came into place, the municipality workers were removing the waste and taking it to the plant in the municipal vehicles. This cost only Rs. 1.5 lakh, he said in a press release. Through this, the municipality had been saving Rs. 1.5 lakh a month. It had been saving Rs. 2.25 lakh, including its spending on electricity that amounted to Rs. 75,000, he added. Following the success of the project, the scheme was being implemented at 32 municipalities in the State, he added.


New watershed mission in Tiruvannamalai

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The Hindu       07.04.2017

New watershed mission in Tiruvannamalai

Water conservation:A gabion check dam being constructed across a watercourse in Thumbakkadu, a tribal village, located on the foothills of Jawadu Hills.Special Arrangement  

Collector orders construction of 1,000 gabion check dams

A new watershed mission conceived by Collector Prashant M. Wadnere has been launched in Tiruvannamalai district aimed at giving an impetus to the ground water table once the rain begins.

Mr. Wadnere said that 10,000 gabion check dams with recharge pits would be constructed across water courses in the district. At present, sanction for 1,000 such structures has been given and they would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 9.25 crore.

In each structure, small rough boulders would be stacked (without mortar) into a retaining wall/check dam across the stream/water course, that are dry now. The stacked boulders would be tied using a mesh in order to prevent the structure from getting washed away by the stream. Near each wall a recharge pit would be dug. Every pit will contain a 50-feet-deep bore well.

When it rains the gabion walls would retain water for some time/ slow the course in order to help water to percolate and improve water table. The recharge pits with bore well would play supportive role and directly take water to the depth of 50 feet in order to recharge the water table. Construction of 32 gabion structures is already over. Construction of structures in other identified places is being expedited.

Sources said that mission has been synchronised with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Labour force that is estimated to take 40% cost of the project would be drawn from the MGNREGS. Remaining 60% cost would be spent on materials including mesh and boulders, digging bore wells etc.

Mr. Wadnere called upon the people to volunteer and donate their labour in construction of such dams. Those willing to volunteer would be given training in the Collectorate every Saturday. To symbolise the importance of voluntary participation of people in the mission, Mr. Wadnere physically participated in the construction of one such structure in Thumbakkadu, a tribal village, located on the foothills of Jawadu Hills.

In each structure, small rough boulders would be stacked into a retaining wall

Prashant M. Wadnere,

Tiruvannamalai Collector


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