The district administration is on a fast-track mode with just two days left for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s mass contact programme to be held on the civil station premises on Friday.
Additional District Magistrate B. Ramachandran said about 3,400 applications were received till the end of last month.
The number is likely to go up further as additional four days have been allotted to submit applications directly at the departments concerned by those who could not avail of the online service earlier. Complaints are also being received at taluk offices.
Complainants are required to submit two copies of the applications. One copy will be returned after allotting a number, which they are supposed to carry while attending the mass contact programme. The revenue offices in the district collectorate functioned even on Sunday for receiving applications.
The decision to extend the last day to file applications and complaints was based on the realisation that many people were unable to access the website launched for the programme. This extended period will end on Tuesday.
Preparatory works for the programme was held up on Monday as the district unit of Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union laid siege to the collectorate. Revenue officials and the public were prevented from entering the civil station premises till afternoon.
The district administration has been asked not to deny a chance to lodge complaints citing technicalities.
While about 600 complainants have been invited to meet the Chief Minister in the morning session, those who haven’t yet filed complaints can also meet him and handover complaints between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and after 5 p.m. Separate seating arrangements will be made for this segment of complainants.
A pandal with the capacity to accommodate 5,000 people is being readied for the programme. There will be a temporary conference room and resting facility behind the stage. KSRTC and private buses will operate adequate services from various parts in the district to the collectorate.