Staff Reporter

"Panchayats should try to get special award by maintaining their villages clean"

Sivaganga: The Collector, Anand Patil, has urged the rural people to avoid open defecation in order to improve overall sanitation in villages.

Speaking at a gram sabha meeting held at Pudukottai coming under Kalaiyarkoil Panchayat Union on Friday, he said that despite a concerted campaign against open defecation, some people were still doing it.

Though the number of people, who had constructed toilets in their houses, had gone up, more and more people should shun the unhygienic practice.

Mr. Patil said Nalukottai, Kattambur and Sunnamyiruppu had received the best panchayats award for implementing the total sanitation project well.

Other panchayats should also try to get the special award by maintaining their villages neat and clean.

Panchayat presidents and others should work hard to change the mindset of the people to construct toilets in their houses.

Draft electoral roll

He said the draft electoral roll would be released soon. The voters should check their names in the lists.

If their names were not found in the list, they could approach the officials concerned within the stipulated time to include them.

Mr. Patil said presidents of panchayats should list out works to be undertaken under the National Employment Assurance Scheme.

Desilting of lakes and ponds, construction of common buildings and other works could be included in the list.

Villagers could approach the respective panchayat office to register themselves to get 100 days of employment in a year. Each would be given Rs.80 a day as wage.

He said the "Uzhavar Pathugappu Thittam," being implemented by the State Government, had received widespread support from the beneficiaries.

Eligible farmers and landless farm labourers could get identity cards by registering their names with the Village Administrative Officers.

Besides, the Government had given priority to distribute free cycle, free bus pass, free notebooks, uniforms and scholarships to school students in order to bring more and more children to schools.

The Assistant Director (villages), Ramu, and the Deputy Collector, Training, Ravichandran, participated.