Staff Reporter

Equal importance given to improve road connectivity: Collector

Efforts on for filling up teacher posts in schools particularly in hilly regions

Basic amenities to be improved at government schools especially in villages

DINDIGUL: District administration will implement development works at an estimated cost of Rs.82.43 crore in rural areas under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in 2009-10, according to Collector M. Vallalar.

He was addressing a special meeting on various development works to be taken up in the district held here on Tuesday.

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme that provided jobs to rural poor for minimum 100 days in a year had been implemented in all 306 village panchayats.

Water bodies

Improving ground water sources and renovating existing water bodies at villages like desilting of irrigation tanks and supply channels were on top of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme work schedule undertaken.

Besides, equal importance was given to improve road connectivity to interior villages and enhance basic amenities at villages, he added.

400 works

In 2008-09, district administration had executed 400 out of total 1,638 works taken up at a cost of Rs.75.23 crore and rest of the works were being expedited to bring into public use within scheduled time.

“We had chosen 1,988 works for this financial year under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and started preliminary work for implementation of 755 development works,” the Collector added.

Infrastructure

Similarly, sufficient funds had been utilised to enhance infrastructure and basic amenities in upgraded government schools.

A total of Rs.1.33 crore had been utilised for repairing roof, walks and construction of tiled shelves inside class rooms in government schools.

At present, 908 children were in 19 residential schools, 125 in five summer special camps, 1,599 in 73 bridge centres and 617 children in special schools functioning under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), he stated.

Efforts were also on for filling up of teacher posts in schools particularly on hilly regions.

Basic amenities would also be improved at government schools especially at villages to create better atmosphere for rural children to learn joyfully.

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