Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: A committee comprising officials of various government departments has been constituted to ascertain the type of rehabilitation assistance required by reformed property offenders of Ramji Nagar and Gandhi Nagar in the district.

The committee members will visit Ramji Nagar and Gandhi Nagar next week and explain about various government schemes to the reformed offenders so as to enable them to avail themselves of the benefits of the scheme. The overall aim is to create an environment for them to lead a dignified life.

Comprising a bank officer, an official from the District Industries Centre, Prison and Rehabilitation Departments besides a Deputy Superintendent of Police and representatives of non-governmental organisations, the committee will also ascertain the requirements and explore the possibilities for initiating them into micro-level business activity.

Disclosing this at a meeting organised for the reformed offenders here on Saturday, Collector T. Soundiah said the State government was ready to lend necessary assistance to the reformed offenders to uplift them.

Stating that there was host of avenues available for them to lead a dignified life, the Collector called upon the participants to be determined in not involving themselves in illegal activities hereafter.

The objective of holding such a meeting and similar exercises in future was to ascertain from them the type of rehabilitation assistance they required, Mr. Soundiah said.

Making it clear that the district administration would not tolerate any criminal activity and deal with them firmly, Mr. Soundiah said it would provide necessary support to those who were ready to turn a new leaf. The Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi, A. Kaliyamurthy, called upon the reformed offenders to make use of the opportunity.

The Superintendent of Prison, Central Prison, Tiruchi A. Murugesan, Regional Probation Officer P. Thiagarajan, Corporation Commissioner T. T. Balsamy and senior police officers participated in the meeting.

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