Special Correspondent

`Government at your doorstep' drive extended

Udhagamandalam: Having made a significant impact since it was launched near here recently, the special grievances redressal mass contact programme `Your Government at Your Doorstep' was extended to Pandhalur, a remote part of the district on Tuesday.

With a large number of persons from Pandhalur and surroundings turning up, as many as 2,580 petitions were received by the Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ramachandran said that the aim of the programme was to save the people in the far-flung parts of this hilly district from the trouble of going in search of various government offices for getting their job done.

Stating that it was in keeping with the desire of Chief Minister Karunanidhi to provide basic amenities to the people without making them run from pillar-to-post, he said that the first in the series had been conducted at Thummanatty.

While uncomplicated problems would be solved on the spot, petitions relating to bigger issues would be forwarded to the officials concerned for taking action within the shortest possible time.

Assuring that steps would be taken to construct a bus stand and a commercial complex at Pandhalur, he said that such programmes would be conducted in all the villages in the district.

The Nilgiris Collector, Santosh K. Misra, who presided, said that thanks to the programme the people could now avoid visiting the district or taluk headquarters frequently for matters like obtaining community, birth or death certificates.

Stating that the programme will help the villagers save time and money, he said that since the entire process had been computerised details regarding the action taken on petitions would be sent to the petitioners within 20 days.

Pointing out that the programme was a trendsetter, Mr. Misra urged the people to make optimum use of it. Among those who participated were the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme (HADP), C. Samayamoorthy, the District Revenue Officer, C. Rajakumar, and the Chairman, Nilgiris District Panchayat, C. Gomathy. The Pandhalur Tahsildar, Lawrence, proposed a vote of thanks.