Villagers seek enquiry; submit petition to Collector
A group of villagers from E. Meenakshipuram near Keezhapaavoor in the district submitted petition to the Collector on Monday demanding the rechristening of their hamlet, which is now known as Idaiyarthavanai.
The petitioner villagers said their hamlet E. Meenakshipuram under Keezhapaavoor union was carved out from Surandai Town Panchayat and was annexed to Idaiyarthavanai village panchayat in 1996.
While E. Meenakshipuram has six wards with 1,500 voters, Idaiyarthavanai has only three wards with 600 electorate.
However, though E. Meenakshipuram is being mentioned in the revenue records and also in the family cards, it is referred to as Idaiyarthavanai in electoral rolls, census documents and the electors' photo identity card for the past few years though no official intimation was given by the Revenue Department in this connection.
When the villagers of E. Meenakshipuram brought this problem to the notice of the revenue officials, steps were taken to change the names recorded in the above said documents as E. Meenakshipuram.
However, the problem resurfaced recently, when the location of the village panchayat office was mentioned in the official records as Idaiyarthavanai eventhough the building is in E. Meenakshipuram.
“Since it is the result of the handiwork of a few people working with the local body of Idaiyarthavanai village panchayat, the Collector should conduct a thorough enquiry about this complaint and rechristen our village as E. Meenakshipuram,” they said.