Special Correspondent

PUDUKOTTAI: The Pudukottai district administration has directed all village panchayat presidents to submit proposals for the Uthamar Gandhi Award for the year 2009-10.

The award, instituted by the State Government, is presented to the panchayats in recognition of outstanding works carried out by a local body in achieving overall development.

District Collector A. Suganthi said here on Tuesday that the award carried a purse of Rs. 5 lakh, a medal and a citation.

Before June 15

The proposal should be submitted with details of outstanding works, special initiatives and innovative efforts carried out in the panchayat from 2004-05 to 2008-09 to the Collector before June 15, she said.

The Collector pointed out that a committee chaired by the Collector would review the proposals and recommend eligible panchayats for the award.