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PUDUKOTTAI, September 1, 2010

Dalit women reaping the benefits of community pond
Special Correspondent

A group of women members of Thalinji have started reaping the benefits
of a community pond developed jointly by the Agricultural Engineering
Department, Thalinji village panchayat besides the M.S. Swaminathan
Research Foundation (MSSRF).

The pond was set up to check the wastage of rainwater in the village
every monsoon with a focus on generating livelihood assistance to the
women members, all belonging to the Dalit community.

Prior to the setting up of the pond, it was causing havoc to the
residents of Thalinji colony.

The Agricultural Engineering Department dug out the earth for setting
up the community pond which is 160 metres in length and three metres
in depth. Its water spread area is 1,600 square metres.

The pond has been ensuring assured livelihood assistance to the women
members. They have raised the buffalo grass in the periphery of the
pond and raised vegetables on the bunds. Poly fish culture activity
has also been taken up at the site.

“The villagers have been harvesting fish and vegetables periodically,”
says M. Nageswaran, Project Co-ordinator, MSSRF. The villagers have
been adopting eco-friendly techniques for realisation of run off

The residents have been using the pond for supplying drinking water to
the cattle. The villagers have christened the pond after the MSSRF.


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