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Tamil Nadu: Woman farmer spends Rs 1.5 lakh cyclone relief to build volleyball court for girls

A woman farmer from Peravurani in Thanjavur, along with her former teacher, has spent as much as Rs 1.5 lakh government compensation that she was given as cyclone relief, to construct a volleyball court for the government girls higher secondary school in her native place.

36-year-old Bakiyalakshmi Thiruneelakandan says that she has always dreamt of helping many girls, who could not flourish due to the non-availability of a volleyball court, become state and national players.

Bakiyalakshmi, who is a native of Nadakadu, had been a teacher at a private higher secondary school for seven years. However, after the sudden death of her husband, she had to resign to take care of agriculture.

She got Rs 1.5 lakh for the coconut trees on one-and-a-half acres which perished when cyclone Gaja struck in November 2018.

“I found that though several girls aspire to play for our state and country, their parents are unwilling to send their wards for practice because the coaches take them to various places looking for a good volleyball court. Five students who studied at the school got admission in various sports hostels in the state. But, their parents prevented them from joining hostels,” The Times Of India quoted Bakiyalakshmi as saying.

“Students Nisha, Samyuktha had played for state and were even selected for other levels. But they could not pursue it as a profession. So I decided to construct a proper volleyball court at the school using the compensation,” she added.

“With the permission of the school administration, I have completed 80% of the work spending ₹1.2 lakh. The remaining work, halted due to the lockdown, will be done when school reopens,” she said.

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