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Direct approach: Villupuram District Collector R.Palanisamy (second from right on dais) receives petitions from the people at the Mass Contact Programme held at Pulichampallam in Vanur block.
Direct approach: Villupuram District Collector R.Palanisamy (second from right on dais) receives petitions from the people at the Mass Contact Programme held at Pulichampallam in Vanur block.

Special Correspondent

As part of Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam

VILLUPURAM: From the next financial year 20 cluster houses will be built in each of the panchayats selected under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGMT), said R.Palanisamy, District Collector.

He was addressing the reorientation programme organised here for the benefit of the Panchayat Presidents, Panchayat Union Commissioner and Engineers and Makkal Nala Paniyalargal.

The Collector insisted upon the elected representatives to ensure the quality of construction of the cluster houses. On no account these houses should be built in isolated or far away places and later abandoned on that score.

If the construction was not of the required standard action would be taken against the elected representatives, he said. Of the total number of 1,104 panchayats districts 673 were so far covered under the AGMT.

For the financial year 2009-10 another batch of 217 panchayats would be covered. Each of these panchayats would be allocated a sum of Rs.20 lakh under the AGMT and Rs.80 lakh from other departments for improving basic amenities and infrastructure.

The Collector also noted that from the AGMT allocation Rs.15 lakh ought to be spent on creating stipulated assets such as tanks, libraries, water projects and graveyards. The remaining amount of Rs.5 lakh could be spent on street lights, development of shanties and so on, the Collector said.

Earlier, the Collector attended the Mass Contact Programme at Pulichampallam in Vanur block where he received over 600 petitions from the people.

The petitioners had sought various assistances such as old age pension, widow pension, ration cards, water supply, bank loans, employment and house site pattas.

Mr.Palanisamy called upon the accompanying officials to consider these petitions with humanitarian concern and clear them within a fortnight. On the occasion he disbursed assistance worth Rs.9.59 lakh to 264 beneficiaries.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Pravesh Kumar, Revenue Divisional Officer M.Thangavel and others participated.

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