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FEAR NOT: Members of the Public Accounts Committee conducting an inquiry at Vasavi Higher Secondary School in Salem. - Photo: K.N. Muralidharan
FEAR NOT: Members of the Public Accounts Committee conducting an inquiry at Vasavi Higher Secondary School in Salem. - Photo: K.N. Muralidharan

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Public Accounts Committee criticises authorities for poor maintenance

SALEM: The Public Accounts Committee of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has asked officials to improve the sanitary condition at Government Medical College and Hospital here.

Inspecting the hospital on Tuesday, Committee chairman Gnanasekaran and members criticised the authorities for not keeping the hospital clean. Wastewater was being let out in the open ground, and bedspreads in many wards remained dirty. Steps should be taken up to improve sanitation, he said.

Following allegations that a group of students from Vasavi Higher Secondary School, a government aided school, were asked to stand outside the classrooms by the school management for not paying the fees, the committee members visited the school and spoke to the students. It was alleged that about 50 students were not allowed to attend the classes for not paying the fees.

Mr. Gnanasekaran said that the committee members would discuss this with officials concerned. Members also visited a site identified for the establishment of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Vandipet here. Salem Corporation officials explained the underground drainage project. The chairman said the committee would recommend the State to allot required funds for the project.

Visiting the Stanley reservoir in Mettur, members reviewed the progress of reaming drainage holes. They also inspected the Salem New Integrated Bus Stand, where the Corporation had planned to take up expansion works.

Earlier, Collector N. Mathivanan and Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini met the committee chairman and members. District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam; Corporation Commissioner A.M. Selvam; and senior officials accompanied the committee members.

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