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Mass contact programme at a remote hamlet in Veppanthattai taluk is the brainchild of Collector

novel attempt: Collector M.Vijayakumar handing over welfare assistance to a benefiiciary at a mass contact programme for tribals at Malayalapatti.
novel attempt: Collector M.Vijayakumar handing over welfare assistance to a benefiiciary at a mass contact programme for tribals at Malayalapatti.

Officials of various government departments descended in full strength at Malayalapatti, a remote hamlet on the foothills of Pachamalai hills in Veppanthattai taluk on Wednesday, to address grievances and extend the benefits of government schemes to the tribal people of the region.

The exclusive special mass contact for tribals was organised at the initiative of the Collector M.Vijayakumar. “We have been receiving several petitions from the villagers seeking assistance and welfare measures.

The mass contact was an attempt to reach out to the tribals and take the district administration to the doorsteps of the residents,” Mr.Vijayakumar said.

After collecting petitions from the villagers, Mr.Vijayakumar ordered the district officials to come up with a report on the common demands raised by them. Petitions seeking individual benefits would also be disposed of within 15 days.

The Collector said proposals worth Rs.65 lakh have been forwarded to the government for implementing various development initiatives for the benefit of the tribals, including providing lands through the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravida Housing and Development Corporation, power connection under accelerated system, loans to unemployed youth and for organising self-employment training.

A cooperative society would soon be promoted.

Steps would be taken to improve basic amenities , he said and appealed to the tribals to avail themselves of the schemes implemented by the government departments, especially by the departments of social welfare and agriculture.

The quantity of the free drumstick seeds distributed to the tribals through the Agriculture Department would be increased from three to five kg this year.

Later, Mr.Vijayakumar distributed house site pattas, old age pension orders and other welfare assistance to some of the petitioners.

Officials of various government departments made presentations on the welfare schemes being implemented by them.

District Revenue Officer Palanisamy was present.

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