Says officials of Social Welfare Department should prevent such alliances
Complaints have been received about the continuing practice of marrying off girls below 18 years in certain hamlets on the Kalvarayan Hills. In such cases, legal action would be taken against the parents concerned and they would even be imprisoned, said R. Palanisamy, District Collector.
Addressing a review meeting held on the hills near here, the Collector said that the officials of the Social Welfare Department, with the help of the police, should prevent any such under-age marriages from taking place.
The Collector underscored the point that minor girls would not have the emotional maturity for an early marriage nor be physically fit enough to attain motherhood. The officials should make it clear to the residents that in such cases they would forfeit their rights to claim marriage assistance from the government.
The Collector said that 43 applications seeking marriage assistance were received and after proper scrutiny the aid would be disbursed in deserving cases.
Mr. Palanisamy said that the beneficiaries of the Kalaignar Housing Scheme had expressed difficulties in transporting construction materials owing to bad road condition.
Hence, he directed the Panchayat Presidents to take up the road repair works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
He further noted that following the complaint that low voltage problem in 14 hamlets had affected watching of television programmes the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board had been instructed to remedy the problem soon.
He said that new transformers would soon be installed at Sathanur, Thalmozhipattu and Thalvenniyur, and electric posts would be erected at Uppur and Sethur.
Soon after getting government consent, a bus stand would come up at Vellimedu, and bus services between Vellimedu and Tharoadipattu would begin.
The Collector promised to start nutrition meal centres at Karikalampattu, Gedar and Thoradipattu, and anganwadis wherever needed.
Of the 90 anganwadis on the hills, 65 would soon get water tanks for drinking purposes. The Collector also promised to organise special camps for the distribution of new ration cards and setting up weekly shandy under the Mahalir Thittam.
The Collector directed the officials to construct a compound wall for the Pudhupalapattu school and take appropriate action against the headmaster of the Nochimedu school for frequent absenteeism.
The offices of the Village Administrative Officers that had developed leaks during the rainy season would be set right, the Collector added. Panchayat Union Chairman Chandran and Commissioner V. Gnanandan were present.