HARUR (DHARMAPURI): Under the total sanitation scheme, village panchayats which are maintained clean are given Nirmal Gram Purashkar awards every year by the Union Government.
Under this scheme, 37 village panchayats in Dharmapuri district were given awards at a function held in New Delhi last year.
These awards were handed over to the respective village panchayat presidents by Collector P. Amutha here on Friday.
The function was organised at Harur taluk office.
After handing over the awards, Ms. Amutha reiterated that other panchayats should strive to keep their villages clean and try to get the prestigious award.
She asked the village panchayat presidents to ensure total sanitation.
She also stressed the need to create awareness about education, health, female infanticide, cradle baby and family violence among women for the betterment of the society.
The Collector gave away four sewing machines and four iron boxes under the socio-economic development scheme of the District Rural Development Agency.
Later, at the same venue she presided over the women’s grievances meeting and received petitions from 88 persons.
She also distributed welfare aid totalling Rs. 18.30 lakh to 141 persons.
N. Saminathan, Project Officer, DRDA, G. Muthumeenal, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, S. Kannan, Revenue Divisional Officer and Tahsildhar Rathinasamy participated.