Central team to visit flood-affected areas

Staff Reporter

State sanctions additional relief of Rs.1 crore: Collector

It will proceed to Vengur, Pullambadi, Kariamanickam and Gunaseelam also

Plan to establish community care and drop-in centre for HIV/AIDS infected

TIRUCHI: A central team would visit the district shortly to inspect various places affected by heavy rains that lashed last month, Collector Ashish Vachhani said on Monday.

The district administration has identified 15 rain-affected places including Vengur, Pullambadi, Kariamanickam and Gunaseelam where the team would be taken, he said while speaking to reporters here.

The administration had already collected information regarding the extent of damage due to the heavy downpour.

The State Government had sanctioned an additional amount of Rs.1 crore apart from the Rs.5 crore granted already as interim emergency assistance to carry out restoration works in the rain-affected places.

The amount had already been sanctioned to River Conservation, Ariyar Divisions, District Rural Development Agency, Corporation, two municipalities and the town panchayats.

Information Technology Park

As for the progress made in the proposed information technology park in Tiruchi, the Collector said that the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) had asked for another 125 acres from the district administration.

The administration had already given 135 acres to the ELCOT for setting up the IT Park.

The district administration had nominated the District Programme Manager of the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society as the nodal officer to receive petitions from HIV-infected patients in the district.

Of the 219 petitions received from HIV-infected patients seeking various types of assistance such as old age pension, ration card, employment, medical, marriage and educational assistance and loans, the authorities had sanctioned assistance for 104 cases while 45 cases were under process. Seventy cases were ineligible, the Collector said. The authorities had received fresh petitions from 55 HIV-infected patients. The objective of providing assistance was to make them socially confident and independent, Mr. Vachhani said adding that there was a plan to establish a community care and drop-in centre in the district for those infected with HIV/AIDS.

The administration would establish them in the “high-prevalence” areas in the district.

He said 41,956 new ration cards had been distributed in the district till December of the 58,793 cards received from the ELCOT.

Over 2.4 lakh children below the age of five were administered polio vaccine under the first phase of the pulse polio immunisation campaign in the district. Even children in transit were administered polio drops, he said.