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Corruption charges levelled against BDO during gram sabha

Residents of Pichanur panchayat village in Madukkarai block levelled corruption charges against the block development officer (BDO) during the gram sabha on Thursday.

According to G. Kathirvel of Pichanur, who is the district secretary of the DMK Engineering Wing, about 30 people participated in the gram sabha and they demanded action against BDO A. Kulandaisamy. As he did not attend the meeting, the villagers questioned the deputy BDO, Coimbatore regarding his absence. The official asked them to visit the block development office on Friday and suspended the gram sabha meet, Mr. Kathirvel said.

Mr. Kulandaisamy indulged in corruption in sapling plantation and drainage cleaning, Mr. Kathirvel alleged. The BDO could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts.

‘Role model’

District Collector K. Rajamani participated in the gram sabha meeting at Vellimalaipattinam panchayat village in Thondamuthur block on Thursday. Discussions on expenditure of public funds, judicious use of drinking water, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and lack of toilet facilities were held and the Collector received petitions from the people, according to a press release.

The aim of gram sabha meetings is to educate the people about the development projects and government initiatives, Mr. Rajamani said during the programme. He commended Thondamuthur block as being a ‘role model’, noting that all the villages in the block are self-sufficient due to the development works carried out, the release said.

Mass contact meet

The District Collector presided over a mass contact meeting at Telugupalayam village panchayat in Coimbatore North block on Wednesday.

Mr. Rajamani handed over welfare assistance worth ₹4.64 lakh to 65 beneficiaries during the meet, a release said.

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