‘Pudhu Vaazhvu’ Project (PVP) was introduced by the Government of Tamil Nadu under its Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction project, Department of Rural Development, in 2005. The main objective of the PVP project is to address the twin challenges of improving livelihood opportunities for the poor and vulnerable groups and building an enabling environment at the village level that would promote the empowerment of this disadvantaged population in the project area.
Since 2008 (firstly in phase 1 and then in phase 2), the TN government has employed process monitoring agencies to monitor on a day to day basis the process of activities at the village level. New Concept has been engaged on this task -2008-2010, and again in 2012-2014. The monitoring was done on the basis of six key project principles of inclusion, equity, participation, transparency, accountability and facilitation, in regard to: entry point activities, participatory identification of the poor, Village poverty reduction committee formation and functioning, formation and functioning of SAC and Subcommittees, roles of paraprofessionals, functioning of SGHs, Individual Assistance and Skill Development Schemes and functioning of Panchayat Level Federations.