Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: As the number of differently abled persons attending grievance day meetings is on the rise, it has been proposed to open a separate counter for them, Collector P. Seetharaman has said.

He told presspersons that the counter would become functional from May 17. There would also be a separate entry for them to reach the counter.

Petitions received from them would be marked “Requires special attention” for speedy clearance. Citing an instance of the speed with which the petitions were dealt with, Mr. Seetharaman said that in April alone, educational assistance was given to 200 differently abled persons besides Rs. 12.97 lakh aid disbursed under various other schemes to 232 persons.

Free bus passes were given to 369 differently abled persons and the procedures were completed for disbursement of maintenance allowance to 1,541 beneficiaries.

At the grievance day session, the Collector gave away marriage assistance of Rs. 4.8 lakh to 24 persons who got married to differently abled persons, including those who were visually impaired.

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Collector R. Palanisamy has taken serious note of the top officials of various departments abstaining from grievance day sessions. He told the officials that some of them were in the habit of sending their subordinates, mostly in the lowest rung, to the sessions.

These employees were ignorant of the number of petitions received or cleared by the respective departments. Sending such persons would not serve the purpose. Mr. Palanisamy directed the officials to send only those who have knowledge about the functioning of the departments and the nature of petitions received.

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