TECH donates mini-lathe to self-taught craftsman
[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 March 2006, 02:04 GMT]
The Economic Consultancy House (TECH) donated a mini-lathe and other accessories costing about Rs 50K to a self-taught entrepreneur in Muthaiyankattu near Mullaitivu to encourage his inventive spirit amid poverty, and to reward technical astuteness despite his bringingup in an technologically deprived environment, officials at TECH told TamilNet.
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Pasupathy Radhakrishnan, 40, married with 3 children, is a carpenter by profession and his family lives on the meagre income he earns by selling cooking utensils he carves out of wood.
Radhakrishnan's efforts in building a small scale hydro-generator to provide electricity to several homes in his rural neighborhood caught the attention of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and the TECH in 2005, and both organizations gave cash rewards to encourage Rathakrishnan to improve his hydro plant.
"We are impressed by his carpentary skills. To better use his knowledge to benefit others, we are in the process of setting up a series of workshops to train other youths in carpentry," said Mr S. Suhunan, Executive Director of TECH.
Suhunan also said that TECH is planning to do site surveys close to irrigation tanks in Vanni to study the feasibility of building mini-hydros that can get assistance from the World Bank's Alternative Energy Project. The survey team will document locations where rural villages located close to irrigation tanks can benefit from mini-hydros, if there is enough water head and volume to make the hydro-schemes feasible.
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