TAMIL NADU

Ensure holistic development in villages: Collector U. Sagayam

Staff Reporter

NAMAKKAL: Elected representatives, rural development officials and self-help groups should work together to ensure holistic development in villages, Collector U. Sagayam has said.

Participating in the gram sabha meetings held at Ramapuram village panchayat and A.K. Samudram village panchayat near here on Friday to mark Gandhi Jayanthi, the district administration had taken up a number of initiatives to provide various services at the doorsteps of people living in the rural areas.

Officials were even staying in the villages to redress the grievances of the people.

The development begins in villages. If the quality of the life of people living in the rural areas improves, it will lead to sustained development in the country.

The Central and State Governments are implementing a number of programmes for the development of rural areas.

People should take advantage of these programmes to improve their quality of life.

Elected representatives and self-help group members should ensure the reach of benefits of government programmes to the targeted people, he said.

The administration had also launched a new model village programme, which would address various issues related to rural development in selected villages.

Senior officials were present at the programme. Gram sabhas were held in all the 331 village panchayats in Namakkal district.

In Salem district, the gram sabha meetings were held in all the 385 village panchayats.

Collector J. Chandrakumar, participating in the meeting held at Karipatti village, said that the government was preparing a list of persons aged above 64 years based on the electoral rolls.

The list would be used to provide old age pension.

The collector asked the people to take full advantage of the Kalaignar Insurance scheme for Life Saving Treatments.

The scheme would provide health insurance cover to all the families with an annual income of Rs. 72,000 or less.

He cautioned that stern action would be initiated if irregularities were found in the supply of goods under the public distribution system.

Senior officials were present at the meeting.