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Farmers told to be aware of schemes

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First person account:A gram sabha meeting in progress at Ariyakulam in Tirunelvel district on Wednesday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
First person account:A gram sabha meeting in progress at Ariyakulam in Tirunelvel district on Wednesday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Special gram sabha meetings were held in all the 425 village panchayats in the district on Wednesday as part of the May Day celebrations.

Collector C.Samayamoorthy participated in the gram sabha meeting held at Ariyakulam near Palayamkottai with panchayat president S.E.Selvaraj in the chair.

Mr.Samayamoorthy said the village panchayats, which had been empowered to enact legislations, could fulfil their basic requirements by utilising their resources mobilised through the taxes collected from the public.

Village panchayat ward members should ensure fair and prompt distribution of monthly assistance to the senior citizens and physically and mentally challenged people. They must make available the benefits of Farmers’ Social Security Scheme to the eligible. The farmers should be well aware of the welfare schemes being implemented by the Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture and make better use of them, Mr.Samayamoorthy said.

A.Vijayakumar, Project Director (in-charge), District Rural Development Agency, S.Veerabathran, Assistant Director (Panchayats), and officials from various departments participated in the meeting.

The subjects discussed in the gram sabha meetings across the district were: drinking water projects, Chief Minister’s Green House Scheme, Indra Awas Yojana, sanitation and health-related issues, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, rural roads scheme, solid waste management, stray dog menace, anti-plastic campaign, removal of parthenium, audit and approval of village panchayat general fund and its expenditure between last January and March.

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