The Collector gave away cheques to three orphans, who lost their parents recently. The children, studying in classes VII, IV and Second standard in a panchayat union school at Alampatti could not pursue their education.

Old age pension applications should be processed without any delay and in the event of the applicant qualifying for the same, instant disbursal would mean a big relief for the senior citizens, said Collector U. Sagayam in the city on Monday.

Speaking at the weekly public grievance meeting, he urged the officials to check all the parameters for eligibility and in the case of a person being considered fit to receive the financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 under the OAP it should be handed over in a swift manner. Such a welfare measure by the State government should reach the needy at the earliest, he stressed.

The Collector gave away cheques to three orphans, who lost their parents recently. The children, studying in classes VII, IV and Second standard in a panchayat union school at Alampatti could not pursue their education. On hearing their plight at the last week's grievance meeting, Mr. Sagayam immediately directed the education department officials to ensure that the children's studies went on uninterrupted. He gave cheques valued Rs 1500 and Rs 500 each to the kids.

Ration cards

Ration cards were given to 25 applicants. The Collector insisted on the district supply officials to be vigilant as there were reports of some misappropriation in ration shops. The essential commodities meant for card holders should not be tampered, he warned.

A cheque for Rs. 6,000 was handed over to a differently-abled person Periapandi from Anna Nagar to enable him to purchase a tri-cycle, the press release said.

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