: Gram sabha meetings were conducted in 418 out of the 420 panchayats in the district to mark the May Day here on Wednesday.

As per the instructions of the district administration, all the panchayat presidents convened the meeting and discussed issues relating to civic amenities. Apart from taking up the accounts, the development works to be carried out in their localities figured in the gram sabha meeting, panchayat officials said. Gram sabha meetings could not be convened at Vellaripatti (Melur) and Irumapatti (Alanganallur) due to a lack of quorum. However, meetings were held in all the other panchayats. Womenfolk participated in large numbers in many villages and even raised questions about the non-implementation of works. Panchayat presidents highlighted the need for keeping environment clean and called for cooperation.

Non-functioning of streetlights, shortage of potable water and poor road dominated the meetings in many villages.