Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: The district administration will initiate action for the provision of additional amenities to the fishermen of coastal villages in and around Manamelkudi, the Collector D. Uthirakkumaran said.

Presiding over the special mass contact day programme at Vichoor near Manamelkudi on Tuesday, the Collector said that steps would be taken for the supply of additional assistances of a bi-cycle, First-aid kit and a lantern to all the fishermen without omission.

Replying to a complaint that there was delay in issuing the family cards to fresh applicants, the Collector directed the Revenue officials to ensure its expeditious distribution to the eligible applicants without delay and also to monitor the distribution of kerosene to the family card-holders. When a few villagers said that they were yet to get the Old Age Pension (OAP), Mr. Uthirakkumaran assured them that their applications would be processed shortly and the assistance be sanctioned.

Priority areas

He advised the officials to give priority for processing the OAP applications and sanction the same within a fortnight’s time.

Mr. Uthirakkumaran distributed assistance to the tune of about Rs.6.77 lakh to the villagers on the occasion.

He gave away house-site pattas to 160 persons and marriage assistance to the tune of Rs.95,000 to 21 beneficiaries under the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Labourers Social Security Scheme.

MLA Udhayam Sanmugam, president of District Panchayat C. Muthusamy, were among those who spoke.