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OneImage of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton. 

ThisImage was the only busy trade centre on the Coromandal coast for the Danes.This fort was declared as a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Tamilnadu in 1977 ADThe Danes constructed fortifications on the coast at Tranquebar. This fort was a busy trade centre till 1845 AD when the Danes handed over the fort to the English. It was used as a Public Works Department Travellers Bungalow for government servants and colonials till 1977 AD.

Pudhu Vaazhvu Project

Pudhu Vaazhvu Project is an empowerment and poverty alleviation project implemented by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department of Government of Tamilnadu with World Bank assistance. The project is implemented over a 6 year period extended upto September 2014 at an outlay of Rs 717 crores. The Project covers 2509 village panchayats in 70 Backward Blocks in 16 districts. Though the project was launched in November 2005,effective implementation has commenced only from August 2006.Now with additional financing, the project has expanded its operations to 10 more additional districts covers 1665 VPs in 50 backward blocks till September 2016 with an outlay of Rs.950 crores.

The target population of this Project are the poor households, the most vulnerable sections including the physically challenged and the marginalized communities. The project follows the CDD approach wherein village communities identify their own needs, design and plan interventions and implement and monitor them by adopting key nonnegotiable principles of the project. There is a strong sense of ownership of the project among the community members.

The Project was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 15.11.2005.The original project period was till 30.09.2014. Now extended upto 29.09.2016. The project took up additional financing in 2011. The project started its operation in 15 Districts, 70 Blocks, 2509 Villages and expanded to 10 districts additionally covering 1665 villages and is currently in operation in 26 districts, 120 Blocks and in 4174 Village panchayats. The total project outlay including additional financing is Rs 1667crores (274 million USD). The project objective is to empower the poorest of the poor, the marginalized and the differently abled and to promote sustainable livelihoods for them. The Project follows the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach and has developed the poor and under privileged into the mainstream development process as well as made them decide, participate, implement and monitor their progress and development. The project adopts participatory methodologies and transparent resource distribution at local level, through better targeting of the poor for addressing the twin challenges of enhancing livelihoods and empowerment of the poor. The Project has developed strong Community Based Organizations (CBOs) which are effective and responsive and play a vital role in building the capacities and skills of the poor, facilitate and promote sustainable livelihoods with transparent governance and social accountability.

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. Enhancing their livelihoods by financing demand driven sub project investments.
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 very poor and vulnerable.
  2. Equity to the disadvantaged especially women.
  3. Participation All decision based on participative processes,involving at least 60% of the target poor.
  4. Facilitating Style of functioning by officials and staff.
  5. Transperancy & Accountability ensured at all stages of Project implementation.
Visuals of Activities
Railway Station Afforestation General Hospital
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Perumal Temple Fishing Harbour St. Antony's Church
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