“Demands such as drainage system , drinking water facility will be looked into”
KANCHEEPURAM: Labour Welfare Minister T. M. Anbarasan has called upon village panchayat presidents to monitor the distribution of rice through public distribution system.
Participating in a ‘gram sabha’ meeting at Injambakkam panchayat in Wallajahbad panchayat union on Thursday, the Minister urged panchayat presidents to make sure that rice under ‘the one-kg-rice-for-Re.1’ scheme was distributed properly to the eligible family cardholders .
Assuring proper distribution of subsidised rice to the people of Injambakkam panchayat, Mr.Anbarasan said that their other demands such as drainage system for Mariamman Koil Street and Cross Street, drinking water facility for Gangaiamman Koil Street residents would be looked into by the Block Development Officers and would be fulfilled soon.
Highlighting the advantages of the rural health insurance scheme, the Minister urged the villagers, who were eligible under this scheme, to get enrolled.
Collector Santosh K. Misra directed the panchayat presidents to ensure that eligible families were identified and enrolled under the RHI scheme.
Rebate sale inaugurated
Earlier, inaugurating rebate sales of products at the Khadi and Village Industries retail outlet at the women’s self-help group commercial complex on the Railway Road, Mr. Anbarasan recalled the efforts made by E. V. R. Periyar and former Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai to popularise the ‘khadi’ cloth materials in Tamil Nadu after Mahatma Gandhi gave a call to promote the use of ‘Swadesi’ materials.
The Collector called upon government servants and general public to buy ‘khadi’ products in order to achieve the sales target of Rs.72 lakhs this financial year.
Kancheepuram MLA Sakthi Kamalammal called upon the general public to take a vow on the 140-birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to relieve the society from the clutches of arrack. The Assistant Director, KVI Department, T. N. Durgabai and others participated in the function.
Superintendent of Police K. Periaiya released a white pigeon after paying floral tributes to Gandhiji at a function organised by Gandhian follower E. R. Lakshmi Narayanan of Kancheepuram.
Safe drinking water
Supply of safe drinking water was one of the issues that dominated gram sabha meetings held in the panchayats of Maduraipakkam, Perubakkam and Thoraipakkam near Chennai.
Maduraipakkam panchayat president Amudha Velmurugan said bore wells did not yield enough water and that residents of Maduraipakkam, Kovilancherry and Moolacherry were demanding open wells instead. A resolution seeking to lay a speed breaker on the Mambakkam main road was also passed at the gram sabha.
At Perumbakkam panchayat resolutions pertaining to laying of cement roads and expenses and income of the local body were placed before the sabha presided over by its president Suhasini Rangarajan.
Councillor E.Rajasekar said they would present a petition to the district collector seeking to lay a canal that would carry the rainwater from Thazhambur, Ottiyambakkam and other areas into the Oggium Madagu. “As a lot of construction work has been done on the Kalveli (marsh) that normally takes in the bulk of rainwater free flow of water has been obstructed. Our village will be flooded during the rain,” he said.
At Thoraipakkam, resolutions pertaining to seeking manpower for developing a tank under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Scheme, water problem and the subsidy of Rs.2,500 for construction of individual toilets were placed at the Gram Sabha.