Staff Reporter

Such offenders will be detained under Goondas Act, says Sivaganga Collector

Sivaganga: The Collector, M.A. Siddique, has issued stern warning to illegal sand miners and ration rice smugglers.

Speaking to reporters at the Collectorate here on Monday, he said such offenders would be arrested under Goondas Act.

The district administration was committed to imposing stringent measurers to control the menace of illegal sand mining and ration rice smuggling.

A man was already detained under the Goondas Act for hoarding rice meant for the Public Distribution System.

The police as well as other departments concerned were monitoring gangs involved in illegal and ration rice smuggling.

The Superintendent of Police, S. Nallasivam, said four exclusive check posts at Thirupachethi, Poovanthi, Thirupuvanam and Manamadurai were established to check illegal transportation of sand. No vehicles would be allowed without valid documents to carry sand, he said.

BPL families

Mr. Siddique said according to the existing list, the total number of Below Poverty Line families were 46,219.

More than 12,000 people had submitted applications to include their families in the new BPL list.

Poor people could apply till August 10 to include themselves in the list.

A review was undertaken to delete the families who had improvement economically. Deletions would be carried out in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government.

The tentative new list of BPL would be placed in the August 15 gram sabha meetings in all village panchayats.

The families of BPL would be read out in the meetings in order to carry out changes, if any. Transparency would be followed in the preparation of new BPL list.

Health care

The Collector said health department officials were strictly instructed to ensure forenoon and afternoon outpatient treatments in all Government Hospitals. The quality of treatment and environment of the Government Hospitals had improved marginally, owing to special care.

Strict instructions were given to health officials not to refer caesarean cases to private hospitals. Following this, the number of caesarean surgeries at the Government Hospitals improved dramatically.

The number of caesarean surgeries in May were just 46. But it rose to 77 in June and 60 in July. Administrators of the Government Hospitals were directed to hire anesthetists, if needed.

V. Pandian, Joint Director, Health, said the department had undertaken preventive initiatives to control Chikungunya. A comprehensive fogging would be carried in all disease-prone areas.

The mysterious viral fever that broke out in Suranam had been successfully brought under control. A medical team was continuously monitoring the situation. Blood samples of the affected persons were sent to Pune to find out the nature of the ailments, he said.