Meeting on local bodies held

Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The second consultation meeting on upgrading, downgrading, amalgamating and bifurcating local bodies at the Collectorate on Saturday evoked good response.

The outcome of the meeting brought to light some interesting ground reality prevailing in the village panchayats, town panchayats and municipalities. It also disclosed “wide gap” among the elected representatives and representatives of civil society organisations.

District convener of Social Action Movement (Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry) A.Maria James stressed the need for establishing exclusive coastal village panchayats to facilitate fishermen to mingle with the main-stream socio, economic, political and cultural activities.

Residents of Kurumpanai wanted to declare Kurumpanai as a separate village panchayat. The MLA’s – Leema Rose of Thiruvattar, Jeyapaul of Colachel urged the Collector to do the needful in this regard for ensuring their welfare and rights.

When people led by A. Maria Stephen of Rural Uplift Centre raised objection to not recording resolutions passed in the gram sabha meeting held on Melankalam Government Primary School campus on August 15 for trifurcating Vilathurai village panchayat into Kunnathur, Melankalam and Thottavaram, Collector Dev Raj Dev said a special grama sabha meeting would be convened at the earliest to take a final decision on it.

Asokan Solomon, chairman of Nagercoil municipality, said that a resolution would be passed in the council meeting at the earliest to upgrade the municipality into a corporation.

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