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OVERSEEING operations: Local Administration Minister M. K. Stalin inspecting a sprawling tank developed at Manjakuzhi near Tiruchi on Saturday.
OVERSEEING operations: Local Administration Minister M. K. Stalin inspecting a sprawling tank developed at Manjakuzhi near Tiruchi on Saturday.

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Chief Minister to make an announcement soon

TIRUCHI: Local bodies in the State will shortly be vested with additional powers to ensure efficient functioning, Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin said on Saturday.

Addressing reporters after inspecting works executed under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT) at Manjakuzhi hamlet in Ellakudi village panchayat near here, Mr. Stalin said a high-level committee, constituted by the Government to go into the functioning of the local bodies, had submitted its recommendations to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

The Chief Minister would make an announcement on the delegation of additional powers to the local bodies soon. In reply to a question on the nature of the additional powers, Mr. Stalin said it was primarily aimed at restoring powers denied during the AIADMK regime. The Government had elicited the views of all village panchayat presidents and assessed the nature of powers they needed by organising zonal level conferences at four centres in the State. An estimated 32,000 petitions received were scrutinised.

‘Best AGAMT village’

Mr. Stalin said the State Government would institute a ‘Best AGAMT village’ award to recognise excellent execution of rural developmental works. It would spend Rs.2,500 crore during 2006-10 for implementation of the AGAMT.

Mr. Stalin inspected a tank in Manjakuzhi hamlet and works executed at a burial ground in the village.

State Transport Minister K. N. Nehru, Forest Minister N. Selvaraj and Collector Ashish Vachhani accompanied the Minister.

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