Says a faulty surgery was performed on her

R. Sudha, a resident of Ondipudur Senthil Janatha Nagar, on Monday petitioned the District Collector Archana Patnaik seeking action against a doctor for what she claimed was a faulty surgery performed on her leaving her paralysed waist down.

For a treatment in the uterus she had approached a doctor in November last year. After the surgery, she lost sensation in her legs. Treatments thereafter at various hospitals had not helped her stand on the legs or move them.

After failing to get a remedy, her husband N. Meenakshi Sundaram wrote a letter to the doctor on January 18 seeking a reply for the faulty treatment he had allegedly provided. There was no response, though. Her husband and his friend met the doctor in person a few days later but he did not respond as expected. The surgery and its consequence had shattered the family as she had lost her income and her mother-in-law her peace. The district administration should help the family by taking necessary action, she said.

Crematorium

Residents of A. Kumarapalayam, near Annur, on Monday gathered at the Coimbatore Collectorate to protest against the establishment of an electric crematorium.

In a petition, the residents said that the establishment of the crematorium would affect the functioning of Sri Vattamalai Andavar Temple, Sri Kamatchiamman Temple, Sri Thandumariamman Temple, Sri Chenniandavar Temple, Sri Makaliamman Temple, Sri Pattatharasiamman Temple, Sri Perumal Temple, and Sri Madurai Veeran Temple. In keeping with the age-old custom, residents would be forced to close these temples, perform cleansing ceremonies, and reopen them as and when a body arrive at the crematorium.

At present, they were forced to perform the cleansing ceremony only in the event of the death of a villager but they would have to do the ceremony as many times as the crematorium received a body. This would hinder the functioning of the temples.

Besides, the villagers’ celebrating Thaipoosam, Panguni Uthiram, Soorasamharam, Maha Sivarathri, Navarathri, Poochattu Vizha, and a few more religious festivals would also stand compromised as on each of those celebrations the villagers took the deity out into the village.

The residents told the District Collector that a public hearing was held on September 25, 2012 in the presence of Revenue Divisional Officer, village officials, and villagers. They had clearly expressed their opposition to the establishment of the crematorium. Then the officials had promised that they would chose an alternative site for the crematorium. But the work for constructing the crematorium was in full swing.

Fraud

Members of the Kovai Vagarayampalayam Vivekanandar Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Society in a petition to the district administration, said that the Society’s office-bearers had duped the members by obtaining their signatures on loan application forms and in some cases forging signatures to obtain money from banks.

The members got wind of the fraud only when they received notices from the bank concerned.

Likewise, the office-bearers had enrolled persons who were not weavers into the society. They had obtained Jacquard box and other weaving implements from the government that were meant for the weavers and sold them in the market and siphoned off the money as well.

When the weaver-members confronted the office-bearers, they failed to provide a clear answer. They now suspected that the bank manager too could have had a hand in the fraud. The district administration should order an inquiry to bring out the truth, punish the guilty and help the poor weavers come out of the problem.

Pollution

Residents of Mettuvavi and Mandrampalayam on Monday urged the district administration to act against a private company, which, they claimed was the source of environment pollution in the area.

In a petition to the District Collector, the villagers said that though the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had asked the company to produce activated carbon without causing damage to the environment, the way the company functioned forced the villagers to move the Madras High Court.

The company management promised to comply with the environment norms to get the petition dismissed.

Thereafter, the company expanded operations in 2009 and that had led to an increase in discharge of effluents and smoke, the petition said. The smoke settled on the coconut trees in the area resulting in the trees wilting.

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