Staff Reporter

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Collector, R. Kirlosh Kumar, has said that all welfare schemes of the Government will reach the targeted people without any delay.

Inaugurating a multimedia campaign here on Wednesday organised by the Information and Public Relations Department, he said the implementation of the schemes would be properly monitored. All officials have been given directions to implement the schemes within the stipulated time.

He said the Government was giving top priority for drinking water needs of the district. During the current year, works for providing drinking water to 367 hamlets at a cost of Rs.11.11 crore were in progress.

Mr. Kumar said that several new measures had been initiated to set right the deficiencies in the PDS. More than 3.62 lakh beneficiaries were getting rice at the subsidised rate of Rs.2 a kilo. Under the free land scheme for poor farmers, 1120 acres had been handed over to 1022 beneficiaries.

The Collector said that more than 2000 television sets were given to the people residing in 6 samathuvapurams and some villages. So far, 1000 gas stoves were given to 1000 beneficiaries at a cost of Rs.19.50 lakh. Similarly, 8815 persons were given cash dole to the tune of Rs.51.98 lakh under the unemployed youth assistance scheme.

He said officials have been instructed to organise Varumun Kappom camps on all Fridays and Saturdays at different places of the district. So far, 19,512 patients received medical treatment at 17 camps conducted in various places.

K. Hasan Ali, MLA, Ramanathapuram, said that without the cooperation of the official machinery, the Government schemes would not reach the beneficiaries.

A. Ravichandra Ramavanni, president, district panchayat, M. Palanisamy, CEO, Kader Mohidheen, Joint Director, Agriculture and Shivaji, Joint Registrar, Cooperatives spoke.