Collector walks 3 km to reach tribal village
THENI: Many tribal people at Sokkanalai village, one of the remote and inaccessible villages with no road connectivity on Agamalai hills in Bodinaickanur taluk, received financial assistance for taking up micro-level business activities, medical assistance and old age pension at their doorstep in a single day.
Above all, 35 tribal children, all inmates of Kannankarai residential primary school, who have been struggling in bone-biting cold received bed sheets and woollen shawls within the same period.
Their life-time dream of lighting facility to their houses became a reality within no time after they made an appeal to Collector P. Muthuveeran, who visited their hostel. A smokeless chula stove was also given to them to cook food. The Collector visited each and every house in these villages and inspected all public buildings on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of ‘Makkalai Thedi’ (Towards people) programme.
The most blessed of all was Malathi, an orphan and an illiterate as well. The Collector granted Rs.5,000 for her to set up a grocery shop under ‘Vaazhndhu Kaatuvom’ scheme to live independently.
When a villager told him about acute stomach pain, he enrolled him under Kalaignar Insurance Scheme and sent him for advanced treatment.
What they could not believe was that they will get drinking water from Berijam lake on Kodaikanal hills shortly. Preparation of project cost and fund mobilisation were done in an hour’s time in their presence. On hearing acute drinking water crisis, Mr. Muthuveeran advised Tamil Nadu Water And Drainage (TWAD) board officials to work out the cost. The officials briefed that the cost of the project would be around Rs. 7 lakh. After a brief interaction with the Collector, Bodinaickanur MLA S. Lakshmanan agreed to sanction the amount.
People at Sokkanalai also said that they had walk three kilometres to get ration commodities from a shop at Agamalai and bring them home on head-load. He offered to some villagers 10 mules to transport goods.
The entire team of officials walked the three-km hilly terrain to settle the grievances of the tribal people.
Earlier, a rousing welcome was according to him at the village.