Staff Reporter

Reviews progress of various Centre-sponsored schemes in Tuticorin

2,375 houses to be constructed for SC members

Collector asked to give report on repair to storm water drains after completion

Tuticorin: Minister of State for Home Affairs Radhika Selvi reviewed the progress of various Centre-sponsored schemes being implemented in the district at a meeting of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (V&MC) held here on Thursday.

Briefing the Minister, R. Sankar, project officer of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), said that a total of 2,375 houses would be constructed in the district for members of the Scheduled Caste as well as for people living below poverty line on an outlay of Rs.12.81 crore allocated under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) during this fiscal.

Under the same scheme, a total of 616 kutcha houses would be upgraded during the same period on an outlay of Rs.47.5 lakh.

Regarding National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, he said that the scheme was now being implemented in 55 village panchayats.

Mr Sankar said that under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), 15 roads were laid to a length of 51.33 km at a cost of Rs.6.98 crore during 2007-08 to improve road connectivity in rural areas.

Appreciation and dissatisfaction

Complimenting the progress of works taken up by the DRDA, Ms. Selvi asked the officials to strengthen their initiative further to ensure that the targets set under various schemes for the current fiscal were achieved well in advance.

However, the Minister expressed dissatisfaction that the district administration had not carried out repair of the storm water drains damaged during the strengthening of State highway at Kurumbur, so far, despite she requested the Collector to speed up the work in the previous two V&MC meetings held over last six months.

Ms. Selvi instructed the Collector, R. Palaniyandi, to ensure that the repair was completed at the earliest and submit a report in that regard during the next V&MC meeting.