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Penalizing:Cuddalore Collector Rajendra Ratnoo ordered officials to seal a rice mill at Vandipalayam for not taking measures to curtail breeding of mosquitoes on its premises.
Penalizing:Cuddalore Collector Rajendra Ratnoo ordered officials to seal a rice mill at Vandipalayam for not taking measures to curtail breeding of mosquitoes on its premises.

As part of a drive to tackle dengue and eradicateAedes mosquito, the district administration has taken tough measures such as sealing public utilities and issuing show cause notices to households for maintaining unclean environment.

In the past three weeks, Collector Rajendra Ratnoo has been organising district-wide cleanliness campaign, particularly on Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. .

For failing to observe even the modicum of cleanliness, Mr. Ratnoo ordered issuance of notice to 309 households at places such as Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Kattumannarkoil and Thittakudi blocks, in a single day.

The notices were issued by invoking Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code stating as to why action should not be taken against the household concerned for not removing objects that led to breeding of larvae.

The households were specifically told to clean up the surroundings within five days. Later, the respective Health Inspectors of the areas would visit the households and inspect the premises.

If the situation continued to be the same, residents would have to face legal proceedings.

Mr. Ratnoo said that as many as 111 special groups, each consisting of three members, had been constituted to monitor all commercial establishments, marriage halls, eateries, cinema houses, rice mills, service stations, etc.

During inspection in a rice mill located at Vandipalayam, the Collector detected larvae in water tanks there.

He told the owner that eventhough enough publicity was given in the print and electronic media, and officials were creating awareness of preventive measures, he was lax in observing certain precautionary measures.

Hence, the Collector ordered the officials to seal the rice mill. Deputy Director (Health Services) K.R. Jawaharlal accompanied the Collector.

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