TAMIL NADU

Legal services committee goes the extra mile to help flood hit

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: The Taluk Legal Services Committee, Lalgudi, without restricting itself to the usual task of offering judicial counselling to litigant public belonging to weaker sections of the society, went a step further to reach out to the flood hit. For the first time the committee received petitions from people hit by a natural calamity.

It was more than surprising to residents of Mangudi and Natham, interior villages near Lalgudi, when the Chairman and members of the Lalgudi Taluk Legal Services Authority visited them to receive petitions. These flood-prone villages on the border of the district usually bear the brunt of surplus discharges as they are at the confluence of the Nandhiyaru with the Coleroon. L.S. Sathiyamurthy, Judicial Magistrate, Lalgudi, and Chairman of the Taluk Legal Services Authority, visited several pockets of the villages and received petitions from the affected.

The committee received 187 petitions, a majority of them from school students. The students pleaded for books that the floods had destroyed. The floods had also washed away property documents, ration cards, voters' identity cards etc., the other petitioners said, and demanded duplicates. A majority of the villagers were from the weaker sections and depended mainly on the essential commodities supplied in ration shops and hence demanded immediate provision of the ration cards.

Mr. Sathiyamurthy explained the procedure to be followed to get copies of property documents. He also assured the villagers that the petitions would be forwarded to the departments concerned.

A team of advocates including Muthu Subramanian, K.S.T. Angamuthu, Mathivanan and R. Tamilarasan, along with social worker Pachamuthu, accompanied the Magistrate.