Discussion held regarding implementation of developmental activities in the villages

Gram sabha meetings were conducted in all 425 village panchayats in the district on Thursday as part of the Republic Day celebrations.

Addressing the gram sabha meeting held at Karunkaadu near Tirunelveli, District Collector R. Selvaraj said the villagers' plea for frequent bus services to Karunkaadu, strengthening basic infrastructure and establishment of paddy direct procurement centre at least in a nearby area would be immediately looked into.

He also assured that immediate steps would be taken to solve the crisis pertaining to perennial low voltage problem.

He informed the villagers that the district administration was prepared to give loans to women self-help groups for the purchase of share autorickshaws and asked the revenue officials to take speedy action on the villagers' applications requesting the issue of community and income certificates.

“Above all, every house in every village should have a toilet which will effectively solve the nauseating problem of open defecation. Since the government is giving subsidised loans for constructing toilets, the villagers should make use of it,” Dr. Selvaraj appealed.

Following comprehensive discussion, the meeting passed several resolutions including inclusion of more beneficiaries in the below poverty line families' list and identification of beneficiaries of Chief Minister's Green House programme.

The Collector handed over loans to the tune of Rs. 9 lakh to two self-help groups for the purchase of cows.

Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, N. Amanullah, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, J. Ramamurthy, chairman of Maanur panchayat union Velayutham and others participated.

Nagercoil

The Grama Sabha meeting was held in as many as 95 village panchayats in the district on Thursday.

The Collector, S. Nagarajan attended a Grama Sabha meeting held at Karumpattur in South Tamaraikulam.

The president of the village panchayat, Bala Murugan presided over the meeting.

Discussion was held with the public regarding implementation of developmental activities, including achieving cent percent success in construction of individual toilets under the total sanitation programme.

The people also asked the Collector to shift the TASMAC outlet located in the village to another place.

They pointed out that those who patronised the shop created nuisance in the area after consuming liquor. They added that this created unnecessary tension in the area.

The Collector said that immediate action would be taken to redress the grievances of the public.

He also added that the district administration would extend all assistance in connection with implementing various infrastructure facilities.

Mr. S. Nagarajan also inspected the house of a beneficiary, who had benefited under the distribution of free cattle (goat) scheme at Chottan Panickan Therivilai in Karumpattur and enquired about the ‘goat rearing' method followed by him.

Sivaganga

In Sivaganga district, Collector V. Rajaraman unfurled the national flag at a colourful ceremony held at the Collectorate complex here and then attended the Gram Sabha meeting held at Ladanendhal near Thirubuvanam.

He discussed with the panchayat presidents, members and residents of the village regarding the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Green House Scheme, distribution of free mixer grinder, laptop and others. He promised the villagers that the administration would take all steps to improve the sanitary condition of the village.

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