Officials asked not to delay on petitions

Staff Reporter

Over 60 per cent still pending with district administration

SALEM: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam criticised the officials for causing inordinate delay in taking action on grievance petitions.

The Minister, addressing a review meeting here on Friday, observed that the district administration received over 75,000 petitions directly and through the elected representatives in the last eight months.

Future action

The petitions were forwarded to the departments concerned for further action. But action was taken on 15,000 petitions so far. More than 60 per cent of the petitions were pending with the officials. He also pointed out that a large number of petitions were rejected without citing any reason, a press release said.

Officials should not delay action on petitions or reject them without enquiring properly, he insisted.

Issue of pattas

Mr. Arumugam asked the Collector to send a proposal to the State Government to obtain permission for giving pattas to the poor in areas falling within a radius of 16 km from Salem city.

He reviewed the action taken on petitions seeking pattas, family cards, drinking water, road and other basic amenities.

Collector N. Mathivanan, Superintendent of Police Bhaskaran, Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, Corporation Commissioner A.M. Selvam, revenue divisional officers and senior officials were present in the meeting.