As many as 9,166 petitions received; event to begin at 9.30 a.m.
The mass contact programme of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will begin at 9.30 a.m. on the Fatima Mata National College campus on Tuesday.
District Collector P.G. Thomas, who is the chairman of the organising committee of the programme, said that 9,166 petitions had been received.
As part of the preparations for the programme, special arrangements had been made for accepting petitions. A total of 934 petitions were submitted to the Deputy Director (Panchayats).
The Kollam tahsildar received 817 petitions. The Pathanapuram tahsildar, 644 petitions; the Kollam Corporation secretary, 509 petitions; the poverty alleviation unit, 492 petitions; the Karunagapally tahsildar, 411 petitions; the Joint Registrar (Cooperatives), 193 petitions; the RDO, 161 petitions; the Kerala State Electricity Board deputy chief engineer, 131 petitions; and the lead bank, 130 petitions.
The Collector said that the Chief Minister would be at the venue till he met the last petitioner. So, it would be better if those intending to submit petitions at the venue reached the venue in the afternoon so as to avoid unnecessary crowding at the venue. Those arriving to call on the Chief Minister would be issued tokens.
Those arriving for the programme should come with the tokens issued and contact the counter of the respective department.
Special seating arrangements had been set up for physically challenged persons and the Chief Minister would receive their petitions first, he said.
For the convenience of those coming for the programme, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has arranged special services from the venue. These services will be operated till the programme is over.
For the smooth conduct of the programme, 1,000 officers had been deputed. Elaborate security arrangements would be in place.
Under the direct supervisions of City Police Commissioner T.J. Jose, a strong police posse would be deployed at the venue. Battalions of the National Cadet Corps and Student Police Cadets would be deployed.