Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: Officials and non-governmental organisations should leave no stone unturned in creating awareness of the ways to combat tuberculosis, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam has said.

He was speaking at a tuberculosis awareness programme organised here on Saturday. Mr. Panneerselvam said that the NGOs who were entrusted with the task of creating awareness of major diseases should not only organise exhibitions and shows but also regularly monitor their works.

He went around an exhibition on tuberculosis awareness put up by an NGO at the Town Hall here and said that several things about the expo looked artificial, which should not be so. NGOs and officials should work with dedication to ensure that target groups received all benefits.

Mr. Panneerselvam called upon Collector P. Seetharaman and District Revenue Officer S. Natarajan to supervise the functioning of NGOs.

He issued orders for construction of 43 cluster houses to fire victims residing at places such as Nallathur, Sorathur, Kannaadi, Renganathapuram, Vanamadevi, Sathamangalam and Keezh Sengalmedu.

He also disbursed financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 1.73 crore to 1,000 beneficiaries, including Rs. 20,000 each to 436 people under the Moovalaur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance Scheme and Rs. 15,200 each to 564 people under the Sivagami Ammaiyar Memorial Girl Child Protection Scheme.