TAMIL NADU

Battered roads will be repaired: Minister

DHARMAPURI, DEC.6. The Government will allot funds for repairing and laying all district, rural and highway roads that have been severely battered due to the recent rain, said the Minister for Finance, C. Ponnaiyan. He was inaugurating a cooking hall with steam boiler in a school at Karimangalam here yesterday. Pinning hopes on the Hogenakkal Drinking Water Scheme, he said that it was the only solution for solving the acute water problem in the district. Funds are being raised for the speedy implementation of the scheme.

Mr. Ponnaiyan said that due to drought the interest rates on agricultural loans disbursed to farmers had been reduced from 12 to 9 per cent. Despite the cooperative banks not being able to disburse loans the Government had ordered the disbursal of Rs.2,250 crores of loans to farmers. As a first step the Government has taken steps for the immediate disbursal of Rs.1,100 crores.

He said that various developmental schemes initiated by the Government in Dharmapuri had started yielding dividends. In the recent open recruitment rally held by the Indian Army at Salem 75 persons from Dharmapuri had been selected for the uniform services. Similarly around 70 persons from the district had been selected in the recruitment for women constables in the Tamil Nadu police, he said.

Mr. Ponnaiyan said that as part of the socio-economic programme the Chief Minister had sanctioned Rs.5 crores for the composite district of Dharmapuri last year. But after the bifurcation of Krishnagiri an estimated outlay of Rs.6 crores has been sanctioned for Dharmapuri alone. In addition Rs.25 crores has been sanctioned for various developmental works and education.

The Minister for Information and Publicity and Local Administration, K.P. Anbazhagan said that road facilities had been provided in Karimangalam panchayat at an estimated Rs.60 lakhs.

He said that new roads had been laid in all villages that did not have access to roads for the past 50 years. In addition a 30-bedded hospital and a Siddha block have also been opened in Karimangalam.

Hostels for students have also been constructed at an estimate of Rs.30 lakhs. He said that steps had been taken for the construction of integrated sanitary complexes in all the 12618 village panchayats.

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