Malappuram district panchayat project to be inaugurated on May 18

The district panchayat will launch a fund mobilisation campaign to help indigent kidney patients, under the aegis of the Kidney Patients Welfare Society, from May 20.

The aim is to collect at least Rs.6 crore during the 10-day campaign. The plan was finalised at a meeting of panchayat presidents here on Tuesday. The civic body could mop up Rs.5 crore last year.

It had then set a target of Rs.3 crore and the drive involved voluntary, socio-religious, political, and student organisations and various departments. The district panchayat mobilised Rs.2 crore in 2011 against a target of Rs.1 crore.

This year’s campaign will be inaugurated on May 18. The inaugural function will witness the honouring of panchayat members who raised substantial amounts last year. The Pallikkal panchayat had topped the 100 grama panchayats in the district last year by donating Rs.3.67 lakh. Edayoor and Koottilangadi panchayats raised Rs.2.41 lakh each, and Kuruva panchayat Rs.1.37 lakh. When Kondotty raised Rs.1.19 lakh, Parappanangadi made Rs.1.25 lakh, Aliparamba Rs.1.26 lakh, Munniyoor Rs.1 lakh, Pulikkal Rs.1.23 lakh, Othukkungal Rs.1.36 lakh, and Pandikkad Rs.1.23 lakh.

The district panchayat had asked the grama panchayats to submit their Plans for approval before May 31.

District panchayat president Suhara Mampad asked panchayat presidents to get wells and ponds cleaned to ensure the availability of drinking water.

Ummer Arakkal, district coordinator of the project, said schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in the district would be roped for the campaign.

A Japan-based medical equipment manufacturer had donated 14 modern dialysis machines, costing Rs.77 lakh, to the district panchayat last year.

  • Aim is to collect at least Rs.6 crore

  • Educational institutions to be roped in for drive