Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Forest Minister N.Selvaraj on Monday visited Musiri block in Tiruchi district and heard the grievances of the people in several villages including Kattukulam, Peramangalam and Pulivalam.

At Kattukulam, the people represented to the Minister for providing a tar road in the village, drainage facilities and removal of thorns on either side of the road. The people submitted petitions seeking old age pension, free house site pattas, assistance for physically challenged, protected drinking water and group houses in the village.

The people of Peramangalam village pleaded for removing the encroachments when the Minister heard their grievances. They also requested the Minister to provide free house site pattas to the villagers and to set up a fair price shop in the village.

The Minister received petitions from the people of Pulivalam village requesting for bank loan, issue of new family cards, improvement to the primary health centre and desilting of irrigation channel in the village.

Mr Selvaraj assured the villagers that he had instructed the officials concerned to take immediate action on the petitions and provide the required assistance sought by the people. The Minister also took part in the Ramzan fete at the Pallivasal in Pulivalam village. Musiri tahsildar Ilangovan, panchayat presidents and others accompanied the Minister during his visit.

The Minister also distributed the prize to Mohamed Nasirudeen, the volleyball team leader, for winning the volleyball match in the rural sports meet conducted in connection with the Anna birth centenary celebrations recently.