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Stone laid for Rs.1-crore development works

TIMELY ENCOURAGEMENT: The Revenue Minister I. Periasamy handing over a bicycle to a student in Tuticorin on Thursday. Photo: N. Rajesh  

Staff Reporter

In five village panchayats; new building for hostel inaugurated

Tuticorin: "The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government has implemented many welfare schemes within 10 months of its assuming power," said I. Periasami, Minister for Revenue and Prison, here on Thursday.

He inaugurated a new hostel building for Backward Class girls here and laid stone for development works to the tune of Rs. 1 crore in five village panchayats under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam (AGAMT). He also released a manual highlighting the salient features of the scheme.

"We will consider the request to enhance the facilities at the sub-jail in the town,' he said.

Official sources said that the new hostel building was constructed on an outlay of Rs. 31.15 lakh. The hostel was functioning on a rented premise till now.

Of the total 32 hostels (12 for girls and the rest for boys) situated in the district for BCs, Most Backward Classes (MBC) and denotified communities, 18 were functioning from government buildings. "The rest too would be shifted to government-owned edifices in a phased manner," sources said. The construction of 10 hostel buildings had commenced.

Development works

Under the AGAMT, development works at Umarikottai, Kulayankarisal, Tuticorin rural, North Silukanpatti and South Silukkanpatti village panchayats would be undertaken. The works included establishment of cement roads, streetlights, ponds, sports complexes, inland fishery and cemeteries.

Mr. Periasami disbursed welfare assistance worth Rs. 31.17 lakh to 301 beneficiaries at the function. He handed over orders appointing Suganthi Selvarani, M. Selvakumar, M. Sankaran and K. Dhanushkodi in the revenue department on compassionate grounds.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P Geetha Jeevan, the District Backward Class and Minorities Welfare Officer, E. Subramanian, and senior revenue officials were present.

Later at a review meeting, Mr. Periasami asked the officials to expedite the disbursement of free house site pattas and land to landless agricultural labourers.