Staff Reporter

NAMAKKAL: The district administration had seized 3,15,782 kg of rice meant for supply under the Public Distribution System in the last 10 months, Collector G. Sundaramurthi said.


Addressing a press conference here recently, he said that food cell personnel registered cases against a number of persons for smuggling the PDS rice.

The officials also seized 6,581 litres of PDS kerosene and 773 domestic liquefied petroleum gas cylinders found utilised for commercial purposes and as fuel in vehicles.

The Collector said that the administration was closely monitoring the distribution of PDS goods and domestic LPG cylinders.

Steps were taken up to prevent the smuggling of PDS goods and irregularities in the fair price shops.

The officials had seized more than 5,000 bogus family cards, he added.

Installing pumps

Mr. Sundaramurthi said that the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board would install pumps in 25 villages and provide water supply at Rs. 93.13 lakh under the mini power pump scheme. Out of 25 villages, 18 were located in Kolli Hills.

The district administration had collected about Rs. 211 crore as small savings as against the target of Rs. 200 crore for 2006-07, he added.

A total of 1,194.36 acres of land was distributed under the two-acre free land scheme to 1,250 beneficiaries so far.

A total of 15,788 television sets were distributed under the free colour television scheme and 6,759 LPG connections and stoves to selected beneficiaries. The monthly unemployment dole was being given to 8,614 beneficiaries, he said.

`Keep surroundings clean'

Mr. Sundaramurthi asked the health workers to keep the surroundings of Senthamangalam Government Hospital clean. Inspecting the hospital recently, he asked the personnel to plant more saplings on the hospital premises and water them properly.

He asked the doctors to adopt a humane approach while treating the patients. He inspected the facilities in the outpatient ward, laboratory, in-patient wards for men and women, maternity ward and operation theatre.

He also enquired with the patients about the treatment given.