Kogur village in Kilvelur taluk has been selected for a special award for the total elimination of untouchability and maintaining communal harmony.

The District Collector T. Munusamy presented a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh to the president of the Kogur village panchayat during the grievances day meeting at the Collectorate on Monday.

The Collector handed over welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 76,000 to 14 beneficiaries on the occasion.

While pension of Rs. 56,000 (at the rate of Rs. 1,000 per month for eight months) to seven poor musical exponents provided by the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram under the social security scheme, sewing machines worth Rs. 20,000 were provided to seven more under the Adi Dravidar Welfare Scheme.

A total of 172 petitions containing various grievances of the people were receiving the public on the occasion.

R. Sankar, project director, DRDA, and other officials were among those present on the occasion.