Officials from Tirupparankundram, Madurai West and Madurai South taluks said the recently concluded annual ‘Jamapandhi’ in their divisions had evoked good response from the public.

Though there were weekly meetings and other redressal forums, the officials said, the annual jamapandhi drew crowds. Officials in Tirupparankundram taluk said they had received nearly 500 petitions during the three-day jamapandhi.

“From the time of the British, it has been an effective system of reviewing and settling accounts for villages. Since there are senior officials such as Deputy Collectors who receive the petitions, the public are usually positive that they will get their grievance addressed,” said D. Veeraraghavan, Tirupparankundram Tahsildar.

Madurai West Taluk Tahsildar V. Muthuramalingam said 314 petitions had been received, out of which 82 were resolved on the spot.

“We will conduct a meeting shortly to review the rest of the petitions and dispose of them,” he said.

“We received 192 petitions from East Madurai, Viraganoor and Avananiapuram. Most of the petitions submitted were related to patta transfer and land boundary issues,” said T.R. Sadasivam, Madurai South Tahsildhar.

“While we were able to dispose of nearly 50 per cent of the petitions on the spot, a few petitions which needed linked documents and other necessary details to be furnished by the petitioners will be looked into within a week,” he added.

Queries

The officials from the district administration said many people also came with queries related to old-age pension (OAP) and other government welfare assistance schemes. “Petitions regarding civic issues and infrastructural needs are very rare. A huge chunk of the petitions are only related to land issues and welfare schemes,” an official said.

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