“Steps taken to import cement”

Special Correspondent

To complete rural development works, says E.V. Velu

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Steps have been taken by the State government to import cement to overcome the scarcity, which delayed development works in village panchayats, Food Minister E.V. Velu has said.

He was presiding over a meeting of panchayat union chairpersons, panchayat union ward councillors and district panchayat members to discuss the progress of the works at the panchayat union office in Keezhpennathur in Tiruvannamalai district recently. Mr. Velu said during the meeting of village panchayat presidents from seven districts, convened by Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin here in August, the village panchayat chiefs said development works in rural areas were hindered by the scarcity of cement. Responding to this, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Mr. Stalin had taken steps to import cement.

Mr. Velu said he convened meetings with village panchayat presidents in the seven panchayat unions to review the progress of the works and to take steps to solve the problems faced by them. Similar meetings would be held in the remaining panchayat unions.

Mr. Velu said village panchayat presidents have the powers to implement development works and schemes in their panchayats, for which they can sign cheques. He appealed to them remain vigilant and implement the ‘Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam.’

On drinking water scarcity in various rural areas, he directed the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board to take steps to undertake water supply schemes in areas having good water sources. Forty villages in Keezhpennathur panchayat union have been included in the Integrated Drinking Water Supply Scheme in the panchayat union. Overhead tanks would soon be constructed at all the 40 panchayats. The old tank in Sanippoondi would be demolished and a new one constructed.

Mr. Velu said steps would be taken to lay roads to the cremation/burial grounds in the Adi Dravidar colony in Kattumannar Pudur-Kanalapadi. He called upon the panchayat presidents to cooperate in the successful implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Tiruvannamalai district.

Anu George, Additional Collector/Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, K. Pitchandi, Tiruvannamalai MLA, M.P. Giri, chairman of the District Panchayat, Suganthi, chairperson, Keezhpennathur panchayat union, Thilak, District Adi Dravidar Welfare Officer, Karunakaran, executive engineer, TWAD Board, Venugopal, executive engineer, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, and Ganesan, Assistant Director of Village Panchayats, spoke.

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