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PLENTY OF NEEDS: Sankeetha Vasanthakumar, Chairperson of District Panchayat Council, addressing the council meeting in Tiruchi on Wednesday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM
PLENTY OF NEEDS: Sankeetha Vasanthakumar, Chairperson of District Panchayat Council, addressing the council meeting in Tiruchi on Wednesday. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

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At first meeting of District Panchayat Council Mrs. Chinnaiyan said that the tourism potential of Puliyancholai has not been tapped

TIRUCHI: The maiden District Panchayat Council meeting of the recently elected councillors held here on Friday witnessed discussions on the lack of basic amenities in rural areas. A few members also pleaded for the implementation of long term schemes for an overall development of these areas.

The Chairperson of the council, Sankeetha Vasanthakumar, who presided over the meeting, assured the councillors that she would take all steps for the redress their grievances as and when funds were released.

Initiating the discussion, C. Sakuntala Chinnaiyan (Congress) pleaded for immediate implementation of `total sanitation campaign' in villages in and around Uppiliapuram. She said that open defecation was posing a health hazard to residents of Nettavelampatti, Patchaiperumalpatti, Mangapaadi and Murungapatti.

Roads, health care...

She also wanted a road to be laid between Shobanapuram and Kaanjeri Malai. The facility would benefit both the local residents and the tribals of Patchamalai Hills, she said.

On the long-term plan, Mrs. Chinnaiyan said that the tourism potential of Puliyancholai in her ward has not been fully tapped and wanted special schemes to be taken up there. Another councillor, Rajeswari Ravichandran (AIADMK), wanted health-care programmes to be implemented in Manapparai area particularly in villages such as Puthanatham, Pannapatti, Poigaipatti and Sooliapatti. A large number of villagers were afflicted with symptoms of chikungunya, she said.

Unscheduled power shutdown was another problem in her ward, she said pleading for steps for quality power supply. The Chairperson appealed to the councillors to extend their cooperation in the prompt execution of rural developmental works.

M.R. Rajmohan (AIADMK) and other councillors also participated in the discussion.

Earlier, the council adopted resolutions thanking the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, and the Local Administration Minister, M.K. Stalin, for having conducted the election to the local bodies "as part of the State Government's endeavour towards execution of people-oriented schemes."

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