The progress of development works implemented in the district was reviewed by K. Phanindra Reddy, monitoring officer for the district, at a meeting of the officials of different departments held here on Tuesday.
District Collector Darez Ahamed participated in the meeting.
Mr. Reddy said the State government is providing 100 per cent subsidy for installing drip irrigation to tide over the present water scarcity. Farmers should take full advantage of the same. The Agriculture Department officials should create awareness on these schemes.
Under the Tamil Nadu Village Habitation Improvement Scheme (THAI), work estimated at Rs. 7.04 crore, including installing street lights, provision of drinking water, improvement to cremation ground, and laying approach roads had been taken up in the district.
In 2012-13, community certificates had been distributed among 12,391 students of 261 schools. Under different schemes of provision of pension, over 47,000 senior citizens were getting pension. A total of 7,664 goats had been provided to 1,916 beneficiaries belonging to weaker sections in 24 panchayats. He commended the district administration for successfully implementing the development and welfare schemes. He urged the officials to ensure that the benefits of the government schemes reached the real beneficiaries. Saraswathi Ganesan, project director, District Rural Development Agency, P. Pushpamariammal, Revenue Divisional Officer, and P. Sankaralingam, Joint Director of Agriculture, participated in the meeting.
Mr. Reddy inaugurated the sale of Ooty tea on the occasion.