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Minister assures renovation of dwelling units at refugee camps

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GESTURE: Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji handing over cheque to parents of Niwas, who was killed in a wall collapse. MP M. Thambi Durai, right, and Collector V.Shobana, second from right are in the picture.
GESTURE: Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji handing over cheque to parents of Niwas, who was killed in a wall collapse. MP M. Thambi Durai, right, and Collector V.Shobana, second from right are in the picture.

The State government would make efforts to renovate dwelling units in the Sri Lankan refugee camps, Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji said here on Monday.

Addressing the refugees of Irumboothipatti and Rayanur camps in Karur district on Monday, Mr. Senthil Balaji said that the State government was concerned for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils . Plans were on the anvil to meet the long time demand of the refugees for renovating the dwelling units.

After planning, funding would be sanctioned following which the houses would be renovated, he observed. The other major demands of the refugees would be favourably considered, he assured.

Mr. Senthil Balaji said that an over head water tank with a capacity of 30,000 litres would be constructed at a cost of Rs.6 lakh at Rayanur camp while another tank with the same capacity costing Rs.5 lakh would be constructed at Irumboothipatti camp. They would ease drinking water shortage in the camps, he said.

The Minister distributed orders sanctioning old age pension, widow assistance, aid for differently abled persons to 36 inmates at Irumboothipatti camp and to 130 refugees at the Rayanur camp.

They would get monthly aid of up to Rs.1,000 each.

The Minister inspected the damaged caused by rains at Thimmachipuram in Kulithalai taluk and instructed the officials to carry our rehabilitation activities in affected areas at the earliest.

He offered solace to those affected by rain and promised them that officials would assess the damage and sanction relief accordingly.

Later he visited the parents of the two-year-old infant Niwas, who was killed in a wall collapse, at Sanapiratti on Sunday. He handed a cheque for Rs. 1 lakh as State government solatium sanctioned from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. He also conveyed the deep sympathies of the Chief Minister to the bereaved family.

Karur MP M. Thambi Durai, Kulithalai MLA A. Pappa Sundaram, Krishnarayapuram MLA S. Kamaraj, Collector V. Shobana, District Revenue Officer T. Christhuraj, District Panchayat Chairperson Geetha Manivannan and others accompanied the Minister.

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