The District Development Committee has directed government offices, hospitals, and educational institutions in the district to observe June 6 as sanitation day.

The decision was made at a meeting of the committee chaired by District Collector P.B. Salim at the Collectorate on Saturday.

District Medical officer M.K. Appunni said at the meeting that pre-monsoon preparations to prevent epidemics were in full swing, and pointed out the need to fill the vacancies of doctors in government service. The committee came to a consensus on taking steps such as revenue recovery against doctors who evaded compulsory rural service.

The District Collector urged the officials to make use of the District Innovation Fund to complete the projects dropped midway owing to a shortage of funds.

He instructed the heads of department to submit the projects to be included in the State government's 100-day action plan immediately.

Teachers required

Deputy Director of Education K.P. Vinod Babu said teachers would be posted on a temporary basis to schools facing a shortage of hands and textbooks would be available in schools by Tuesday.

He expected that midday meals could be served in schools in full swing from June 9.

C. Moyinkutty, MLA, said the Forest Department should take steps to control the wildlife menace in the Kodanchery-Koodaranhi belt.