Staff Reporter

Bankers should be advised not to charge any interest on subsidy, say self-help group members

THENI: Gram sabha meetings held in many village panchayats in the district received hundreds of petitions seeking inclusion of names in the below poverty line list.

Addressing a meeting at Unjampatti on Tuesday, the panchayat president, T. Thangadurai, said 413 persons in his panchayat were in the BPL list. Again, he received 1,015 petitions to add their names in it.

Members of self-help groups complained that the nationalised banks had been charging interest even for the subsidy amount given to the SHG loan.

Bankers should be advised not to charge any interest for subsidy amount.

At the gram sabha meet held at Vadapudupatti, the panchayat president, S. Veeranathevar, also pointed out the same problem.

He insisted gram sabha observers to take appropriate action in this connection. The observers replied that the matter would be brought to the knowledge of the Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, for necessary action.

Later, men SHG members sought construction of group houses in their village. Total sanitation, hygiene, safe disposal of waste and protection of the environment were also discussed by members in the meetings.


Supporters of two groups clashed at the gram sabha meeting held at Thirupullani in the district on Tuesday.

It happened just before the arrival of the Collector, K.S. Muthuswamy, to the meeting. The problem started when the president of the panchayat, S. Muniasamy, allegedly snatched the mike forcefully from the union councillor, Ramesh, while he was addressing the village people.

Supporters of Mr. Ramesh opposed the action of Mr. Muniasamy. Soon, both the groups attacked each other in front of officials.

The officials informed the Collector about the incident and requested him to cancel the programme.

However, Mr. Muthuswamy reached the spot and attended the meeting. He enquired with both the groups and the people, who were present at the time of the incident, about the clash.

Expressing unhappiness over the incident, the Collector said those found guilty would be punished. After the Collector's intervention, the meeting took place peacefully.


The Virudhunagar Collector, S.S. Jawahar, stressed the need for a clean environment.

He was addressing the gram sabha meet at E. Muthuramalingapuram in Virudhunagar panchayat union on Tuesday.

Mr. Jawahar pointed out that the President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, would present Nirmal Gram Puraskar awards to the villages that maintained the environment well. Besides, the local body would be given Rs. 3 lakh as incentive. Mr. Jawahar advised the people to avoid open defecation and go for individual or public toilets in their villages. All welfare schemes could be implemented successfully, if there was public cooperation, he said.

He participated in a community feast organised at Mariamman Temple in Irrukkangudi.