Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The ‘Makkalai thaedi Maanakaraatchi’ scheme, which was in fact introduced by the previous Corporation administration for serving the public in an effective fashion and discontinued it in mid-2006 after Assembly elections were announced, is all set to be reintroduced from June 3, the birthday of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, with the new label – ‘Makkalai naadi Maanakaraatchi’.

By mobilising the entire workforce – right from the Commissioner to the conservancy worker - in a particular ward on a specific date, the effort was actually introduced in 2004, which received good response from the public as they could easily remit taxes to the local body, settle disputes with the Corporation, submit petitions, etc., all at their doorsteps.

The scheme was shelved after the notification of Assembly polls in mid-2006 and was not revived even after the new Mayor came to power in October 2006.

Against this backdrop, the ‘Makkalai thaedi Maanakaraatchi’ scheme has been rechristened as ‘Makkalai naadi Maanakaraatchi’ and to be reintroduced on the birthday of Mr. Karunanidhi.

An announcement in this connection was made by the Mayor, A.L. Subramanian, as he presented the budget for 2008 – 2009 during the council meeting held on Wednesday.

When DMK member S. Gopal, wanted the Mayor to introduce it even before this date, he turned down the plea, saying that it would be launched only on June 3.

Interestingly, no AIADMK member pointed out that the scheme was in fact introduced by the previous AIADMK administration.

Making other announcements in the budget, Mr. Subramanian said sustained efforts would be made to procure drinking water directly from Papanasam dam to the Corporation and for the execution of two major drinking water schemes for wards 8 to 10 and wards 19, 26 and 27 on a total outlay of Rs.20 crore. An apartment for the sanitary workers would be constructed at a cost of Rs.1 crore and equipment and vehicles on an outlay of Rs.2.92 crore procured for solid waste management programme.

Areas hitherto not covered under the underground drainage scheme would be covered during the current fiscal at a cost of Rs.8.77 crore. New buildings for Corporation schools would be constructed at a cost of Rs.1 crore.