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Evict encroachers from water bodies, Collector tells officials

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Rs. 10.45 crore sanctioned for digging elephant proof trenches

Sharing views:Collector T.P. Rajesh speaking at the farmers’ grievances meeting held at the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Thursday. —Special Arrangement
Sharing views:Collector T.P. Rajesh speaking at the farmers’ grievances meeting held at the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Thursday. —Special Arrangement

Officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) and other related departments were directed to evict encroachers from all the water bodies in the district immediately on Thursday.

Addressing the Farmers’ Grievances Day meeting at the Collectorate, T.P. Rajesh, Collector, gave instructions to demolish the encroachments in the water bodies as per the guidelines issued by the apex court and the government. Even if house site pattas were issued erroneously to the people, they should be cancelled and eviction should be carried out without any loss of time.

The direction was issued after a farmer complained of encroachment in a lake at Mathur block due to the patta issued by the officials during the previous regime erroneously. Mr. Rajesh also directed the PWD officials to chalk out an action plan along with the Assistant Directors of Village and Town Panchayats.

As requested by the farmers, department of agricultural marketing was directed to take efforts to establish government procurement centres on the lines of the regulated markets for ragi crop in and around Denkanikottai and for jasmine flower in Kaveripattinam.

The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs. 10.45 crore for digging Elephant Proof Trenches (EPTs) for about 35 km in Udedurgam Reserve Forests in the district to prevent wild animals entering into patta lands. Apart from this, a sum of Rs. 8 lakh was ready for distribution to the farmers as compensation for crop damage by wild animals by the Forest Department. Mr. Rajesh directed the Forest Department officials to disburse the compensation before February 5.

In response to the farmers’ complaint regarding lack of interest shown by the veterinary specialists in giving treatment to the cattle, the Collector warned the officials of stern action if they found irresponsive to the farmers’ request. Government officials including veterinary specialists should dedicate themselves to serve the society, he appeals.

While replying to the demand, department of animal husbandry was directed to introduce mobile veterinary clinics for cattle in remote areas such as Denkanikottai, Anchetti, Kelamangalam etc.

Other announcements made by the Collector include special grievances meeting for farmers at Denkanikottai, discussion with the forest department to get increased compensation for the crop damage by wild animals, speeding up the process of disbursal of subsidy for farm ponds pending for over three-and-a-half years etc.

C. Prakasam, District Revenue Officer, and others participated.

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