TAMIL NADU

Over Rs. 25 crore sought for relief: Napoleon

close watch: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon speaking at the district-level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting in Perambalur on Tuesday. Collector M. Vijayakumar, left, is in the picture. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

close watch: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon speaking at the district-level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting in Perambalur on Tuesday. Collector M. Vijayakumar, left, is in the picture. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.  

A sum of Rs. 25.89 crore has been sought from the State government for taking up relief and restoration programmes in the district in the rain aftermath, said D. Napoleon, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, here on Tuesday.

A major share of Rs. 13.76 crore has been sought for providing compensation to farmers for the crop loss. The recent incessant rainfall had damaged crops raised in 65,138 hectares – rain-fed 61,459 hectares and irrigated 3,679 hectares.

The state highways department has prepared an estimate for Rs. 10.29 crore for repairing roads (Rs. 8.13 crore) and bridges (Rs. 2.16 crore), Mr. Napoleon told presspersons at the end of the district level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting held at the Collectorate here.

A total of 3,457 concrete houses would be constructed in the district under the Kalaignar Housing Scheme this year. Under the Indira Memorial Housing scheme, 2,860 houses were constructed at an outlay of Rs. 15.73 crore last year. In the current year, Rs. 12.99 crore was allotted for the construction of 1,852 houses and the works are progressing apace.

Referring to the implementation of Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam, Mr. Napoleon said administrative sanction was accorded to 273 works in 22 panchayats, of which 245 works had been completed.

Under the Total Sanitation Scheme, over 70,000 individual toilets were constructed, along with 22 sanitation complexes, 435 toilet blocks in schools and 275 anganwadi toilets.

Earlier speaking at the review meeting, Mr. Napoleon said all the Central and state government sponsored schemes are being implemented successfully.







He urged the officials to complete all the pending development works for the current year by March.

M. Vijayakumar, Collector, said works on the construction of houses in the proposed samathuvapuram at Oothiyam panchayat is progressing at a fast pace.

Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, over 9,800 families below poverty line were provided 100-day job.

While 498 works have been completed, another 219 works are under various stages of completion.

Mr. Napoleon gave away loan of Rs. 26 lakh provided by Venbavur Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society to the Pandagabadi panchayat level SHG Federation.

M. Rajkumar, MLA, M. N. Raja, chairman, Perambalur Municipality, Lokeshwari, project officer, District Rural Development Agency, and officials of various government departments participated.



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