NAGAPATTINAM: My ambition is to make Nagapattinam a model district in the State and to achieve overall economic development, said M. Jayaraman, who took charge as new Collector here on Friday.
Talking to mediapersons, the Collector said that he would concentrate on the economic development of agricultural workers and fishermen and pointed out that he would accord priority for implementation of welfare schemes for the weaker sections of the society.
The Collector said that one more samathuvapuram would be established in the district this year and the village would be selected soon. All preliminary works had started, he said.
The new system of rice intensification method of paddy cultivation would be introduced on 25,000 hectares in the short-term kuruvai crop and 50,000 hectares in samba season this year. By this method, farmers will get 50 per cent more yield with reduced cost of cultivation.
Out of the total target of construction of 19,736 permanent houses for the tsunami-affected families, 16,093 had already been completed and handed over to the beneficiaries. The remaining 2,755 houses were under various stages of construction and action had been initiated to complete them as quickly as possible, he said.
Mr. Jayaraman pointed out that a large number of village development works were being carried out under the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme by which hundreds of poor agricultural workers in each village were getting employment and getting an average daily wages of Rs.80. The Collector after assuming office released Rs.38 lakh for disbursing wages to the workers under the NREG scheme.
The Collector distributed new jeeps to eight Block Development Officers of Sirkazhi, Vedaranyam, Tirumarugal, Kollidam, Thalainayar, Keezhaiyur, Kilvelur and Kuthalam.