Staff Reporter

KANCHEEPURAM: A Chennai-based non-governmental organisation, Kalanjiyam Trust, has launched a free school van service for the benefit of Panchayat Union Middle School students at Periyavelikadu near Madurantakam.

The service was flagged off at a function held on the school premises by the District Elementary Education Officer, Kathirvelu, recently.

The founder and director of the Trust, Munusamy Raviraj, told The Hindu that the 17-seater vehicle would pick up students from Chinnavenmani, Kalpattu, Ariyanur, Pudur, Pinnakandai, Dharmavaram and Chinnavelikadu to help them avoid trekking 4 to 5 km everyday to reach Periyavelikadu Middle School.

Health cards

To begin with, 43 students hailing from these villages would avail themselves of the free service launched by the Trust in association with another NGO – Tamilnadu Foundation, Chennai, having a branch in the U.S. also. Further, it had also been decided to provide `health cards’ to these children so that they get medical consultation from a doctor at Pavunchur.

The consultation fees would be paid by the Trust once a fortnight to the doctor, Mr. Raviraj added.