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Do not misuse powers, says Collector

NAMAKKAL: The elected representatives of the local bodies should work for the welfare of the society, Collector G. Sundaramurthi said.

Addressing a gathering of chairmen and vice-chairmen of various town panchayats here on Friday, the Collector asked them to understand their responsibilities and serve the people, particularly the poor.

They should not misuse their powers under any circumstances.

The primary responsibilities of the elected representatives were to ensure drinking water, streetlights, drainage channels and other basic infrastructure facilities to the people.

The district administration would provide necessary assistance to the town panchayats for creating basic amenities, he added.

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The elected representatives should act as a link between the government and the people. They should ensure that the benefits of government schemes reached the people, Mr. Sundaramurthi said.

He further said that suitable plans should be drawn up to generate revenue for the town panchayats from various sources.

He asked the participants to identify the dropout children and enrol them in schools.

Efforts should be taken to make all the town panchayats child labour-free. He appealed to the participants to undertake sapling-planting drive to protect the environment. The district was given a target to plant five lakh saplings.

More than two lakh saplings were planted so far.

A minimum of 5,000 saplings should be planted in each town panchayats. The district administration will extend all necessary assistance for planting saplings, he said.

Mr. Sundaramurthi said that the State Government had appreciated the concerted efforts taken by the district administration to control the spread of chikungunya.

Assistant Director (Town Panchayats) Gandhi presided over the function. Senior revenue officials were present in the programme.

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