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CHECKING: V. Mullaivendhan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Committee on Estimates, inspecting a library at A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College in Tuticorin on Wednesday.
CHECKING: V. Mullaivendhan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Committee on Estimates, inspecting a library at A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Committee on Estimates (2007-08) examined the progress of development works taken up in the district by the departments of horticulture, agriculture, public works, adi dravidar welfare and higher education, here on Wednesday.

The committee headed by its Chairman, V. Mullaivendhan (Morappur MLA) and members, K. Hasan Ali (Ramanathapuram MLA), I. Mahendran (Usilampatti MLA) and S. P. Jayaraman (Vandavasi MLA), assessed whether money was laid out within the limits of the policy implied in the estimates of the projects.

The team took out a field visit to study various schemes under execution pertaining to the estimates under examination.

During the inspection at boys’ hostel operated by the Adi Dravidar Department here, the committee found that it lacked repair works.

The edifice which was constructed in 1973 had developed major cracks in the roof and walls. Moreover, none of the 20 rooms where the 153 inmates were lodged had ceiling fan.

Mr. Mullaivendhan sought an explanation from the officials of Adi Dravidar Welfare as why periodic maintenance was not carried out in the building. He asked them to fix ceiling fans immediately.

“We have asked the hostel authorities to fix a new menu board immediately, as the present one looked shabby,” he told the reporters.

The committee visited A.P.C.Mahalaxmi College, Tuticorin, to learn about higher educational facilities coming up, and Government Veterinary Hospital, to assess the progress of infrastructure works there.

The tour ended with a visit to a progressive banana farm at Servaikaranmadom near here, to study the performance of drip irrigation system, which was established using subsidy extended by the Government.

Senior officials from the departments of revenue, agriculture, animal husbandry, Adi Dravidar welfare and public works were present.

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