Dharmapuri: The gram sabha meetings at all the 251 village panchayats in the district will be held on October 2 in connection with Gandhi Jayanthi.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, Collector Pankaj Kumar Bansal said that besides presenting the budget for approval, the gram sabhas would deal with nutrition of children, usage of iodine, handling of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, converting the collected garbage into earthworm manure, protection of environment, maintenance of women sanitary complexes, deepening of wells and construction of water harvesting structures in all houses, construction of individual sanitary complexes and enrolment of drop-outs in schools run by Sarva Shiksha Abiyan (SSA).

The meetings would also discuss abolition of child labour, list the development programmes approved by panchayats, and talk about selection of beneficiaries under the Sampoorna Grama Employment Scheme, create awareness among villagers on HIV and AIDS, ensure 100 percent enrolment and retention of children in schools, clear plastic waste from all water bodies, and also discuss disaster management, and protection of child rights and selection of beneficiaries under the Tamil Nadu Adi-dravidar Housing Development Corporation (TAHDCO) scheme.

He said that observers had been deputed to all panchayats.