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ASSESSMENT: Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, speaking at a meeting in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo: N. Rajesh
ASSESSMENT: Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, speaking at a meeting in Tuticorin on Tuesday. Photo: N. Rajesh

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36,415 projects being executed in Tuticorin district

Tuticorin: Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Director of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Government of Tamil Nadu, reviewed the progress of works taken up by the District Rural Development Agency during the current fiscal, at a meeting here on Tuesday.

A total of 36,415 rural development and poverty alleviation projects being executed on an outlay Rs 108.63 crore were examined.

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, who is also the ex-officio chairman of DRDA, told Mr. Bedi that infrastructure development works were under way at 85 panchayats on a total outlay of Rs.17 crore allocated under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT).

"During the next fiscal, another set of 82 panchayats will be covered under the scheme in the district," the Collector said.

Under the Indira Awaz Yojana, 1,710 new houses would be constructed and 280 kutcha houses would be upgraded, during the current financial year.

The Project Officer of DRDA, A. Palanisamy, the Assistant Director of Panchayat, Charles Walker, the District Panchayat secretary, Mahadevan Pillai, the Assistant Director (audit), Navaneetha Krishnan, and senior officials from PWD, and rural development departments, attended the meeting.

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