A public examination centre for Plus-Two students will be set up this year on Kalvarayan Hills, according to Collector R. Palanisamy. He was speaking at a mass contact programme held on the hills recently.

The Collector said that till now, Plus-Two students were going to the plains to take the public examinations. Hereafter, they would have the facility on the hills itself.

In response to a complaint that teachers posted in the schools on the hills were playing truant, he said remedial measures would be taken soon. As regards a demand made by the residents during the summer festival last year, Mr. Palanisamy said that Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy had been making arrangements for establishing a bus stand on the hills.

The Collector also said that through the mass contact programme, officials were coming to their doorstep of the residents to redress grievances. People could also register their grievances on toll free number 1070 instead of coming to Villupuram for submitting petitions.

Mr. Palanisamy gave away 365 community certificates, 131 ration cards and welfare assistance of Rs. 8.3 lakh at the mass contact programme. Out of 190 petitions received, as many as 160 were accepted.