Special Correspondent

Association sends memorandum to Chief Minister

MOHANUR: The Attru Vivasayeegal Padukappu Sangam (River Farmers Protection Association) of Mohanur has urged Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to sanction necessary funds from the Chief Minister's General Relief Fund to provide adequate infrastructure at the Mohanur Government Girls Higher Secondary School.

Association president K. Balasubramaniam said that as many as 1,200 girls, hailing from Mohanur and surrounding villages, were studying in the school. But the land on which the school was functioning belonged to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board (HR and CE). Hence the district administration could not carry out any development works such as construction of additional classrooms in the school.

As the classrooms were inadequate, the students were made to sit under the trees. There was no compound wall for the school and pigs and stray dogs used to roam inside the campus causing serious health hazards to the students.

As the school was near a temple, on auspicious days, the temple administration would convert the classrooms into a marriage hall. Despite these shortcomings, the school emerged as the `Best school' in Namakkal district.

According to the officials concerned, the HR and CE Board needed Rs. 12.5 lakhs to transfer the land to the school authorities. Though the farmers and the people of Mohanur were willing to mobilise the funds, the four-year drought and the floods this year had ruined the village's economy. They were not in a position to collect such a huge amount at present.

Hence they had requested the Chief Minister to release necessary funds to the HR and CE Board so that the land could be transferred to the school's name. "Only then, the school can have adequate infrastructure to create a conducive atmosphere for the students to study," said Mr. Balasubramaniam.

The Association had also sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regard.