Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi along with government officials travelled in a Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) owned bus to see a farm project run by an NGO in the neighbouring district of Tamil Nadu as part of her weekend visit.
According to the Lt Governor, the decision to travel in a bus was part of adopting austerity measures and also to promote the concept of 'joyful learning'.
Ms Bedi joined a team of 20 members, including labour commissioner E. Vallavan, block development officers, municipal commissioners, and officials of Raj Nivas to a project run by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) foundation in the Thazhuthali village at Tindivanam.
Bedi had visited the village last week also, and she was much impressed with the "self-sustaining village," where intellectually challenged and marginalised sections of the society were housed.
An official release from Raj Nivas stated that the officials who went around the village were much impressed by the farming techniques adopted in the village, water ponds, fertiliser from the liquid waste of cow and bio-toilets built in the village.
"The officials also got a chance to experience how the intellectually challenged people were provided with an opportunity to learn simple farming techniques supported by an able-bodied person", the release said.
"We also work as one team by seeing, feeling and believing that innovative and cost-effective ideas are possible.
Such collective travels break monotony at work and add variety to learning. We achieved that", the Lt Governor said in a WhatsApp message.
Before returning to Puducherry the Lt Governor also visited the famous Mailam Murugan temple situated near the village. On Saturday, she had also visited the Kanakan lake to review the progress of the renovation work.