Cauvery Delta Relief-2003

Following the drought and famine 2003, delta regions of Tamil Nadu were vigorously affected.. Mr. S. Balasubramanian, the then chairman of Vikatan along with Vasan Charitable Trust, initiated a new intervention ‘Therndhedungal Oru Gramathai (Select One Village)’ under which the Rice Distribution Scheme was introduced to support the farmers. Thus, it was decided to adopt villages affected in the Delta regions to support the hunger of Farmers. Narimanam Village of Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu was selected as the first village to extend our support. In the month of February 2003, 30kgs of rice bags worth Rs 8,00,000 were distributed to 400 families of Narimanam Village, which extended for next 6 months.

Further, with more incoming funds from our readers in India and overseas, 7 more phases was conducted by selecting villages in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Thiruvaroor District of Tamil Nadu. 30 kg Rice bags were distributed to more than 4000 farmer’s family each month for the following 6 months under the 8 phases.

Phase District Villages Families benefited
1 Nagapattinam Narimanam 400
2 Thiruvarur Kunalur, Dhargasthu, Yekkal 420
3 Thanjavur Thekkalikaadu, Maaliyakaadu, Magizhangkotai 710
4 Thiruvarur Sithamalli, Nochiyur 600
5 Nagapattinam Kurumanangkudi 320
6 Thiruvarur Korukkai, Aadhirangam, Segal 1170
7 Thanjavur Thanjavur 290
8 Nagapattinam Rajagopuram, Panangudi, Vellapakkam 130

Fund contribution

Indian Readers Rs 41,21,501
Foreign Readers Rs 32,25,742
Total Contributio Rs 73,47,243


Rice Rs 66,61,937
Plastic Bags Rs 1,40,220
Lorry rent Rs 1,77,596
Insurance Rs 9278
Administration cost for 7 Phases (Approx. 3.27%) Rs 2,40,611
Overall Cost Rs 72,29,642
Remaining Contribution Rs 1,17,601