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Welfare Schemes

 

WELFARE OF SCHEDULED CASTES / SCHEDULED TRIBES

 About 30,000 Scheduled Caste artisans are engaged in Palm Products Industry such as tapping of Neera, manufacturing of Palm Jaggery, Palm Fibre and Date Palm Baskets.

 

WELFARE SCHEME OF THIS BOARD COVERED

UNDER 15 POINTS PROGRAMME OF THE GOVERNMENT 

(i)    Evergreen revolution : Palm seeds plantation programme has been formulated under Waste Land Development Programme of the Agriculture Department.

(ii)   Food security : Neera and Palm Jaggery are being consumed as natural vitamin food.  Awareness has been created among the public about the nutritious value of these edible palm products.

(iii) Livelihood security : Further steps will be taken in the matters of providing training to artisans and the technical know-how of the research made on preservation of Palmyrah Nungu to palmgur artisans and also in exporting Palmyrah Nungu, Palm Fibre and Palm Leaf articles to foreign countries.

(iv)    Ecological security : Palmyrah is declared as the "State Tree" of Tamil Nadu. Palmyrah tree prevents soil erosion and protects natural wealth.  The palm products are free from pollution environment and eco-friendly.  Hence, programmes have been formulated with a long term view to grow and protect Palmyrah trees, to create awareness among the public, to develop and fully utilise Palm Products Industry for the improvement of standard of living of the rural Palm Products artisans.