TAMIL NADU

Lions Clubs to implement housing project for tsunami-hit

TIRUCHI, MARCH 17. The International Association of Lions Clubs District 324-A2, having jurisdiction over seven revenue districts in central Tamil Nadu and parts of Karaikal, an enclave of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, and the Lions Clubs International will jointly implement a housing project at an estimated outlay of Rs.2.5 crores as part of a rehabilitation package for tsunami-hit families in the coastal parts of Nagapattinam district.

Speaking at a day-long conference of the office-bearers of the Leo Clubs in District 324-A2, `Leo Meet 2005,' organised by the Lions Club of Tiruchi Metropolitan here recently, the district vice-governor, R. Swaminathan, said 200 houses would be constructed and allotted to beneficiaries identified by the State Government under the programme. While the Lions Clubs International would sanction Rs. 2 crores, the clubs in District 324-A2 would contribute the remaining Rs.50 lakhs. Construction work on the houses would begin as soon as the State Government identifies the site, he added.

A paediatrician from Neyveli, V. Pughazenthi, in his address, emphasised the need for imparting training to rural women and youth on primary health care. The Gandhigram Rural Institute which had initiated steps in this regard, had withdrawn it.

He appealed to the members of the Leo Clubs to include training programmes on primary health care in their annual projects.

The president of the Makkal Sinthanai Peravai, T. Stalin Gunasekaran, who was the chief guest, spoke on the role of the youth in nation building.

PL.A. Subramanian, Lions District Governor, and S. Athappan, District Chairperson, Leo Clubs, said that the objective of the meet was to motivate the members of the Leo Clubs to make an introspection of completed projects and evolve innovative programmes in future.

Office-bearers of Leo Clubs of Muthupettai, Tiruvarur, Nagore and Nagapattinam were honoured in recognition of their services in removing 300 bodies in the tsunami-hit coastal parts in and around Nagapattinam on December 27 and 28. The members of Leo Clubs in District 324-A2, including those in Sembanarkoil, Tiruvarur and Jamal Mohamed College, who had donated 1,800 units of blood, were also honoured on the occasion.

Mr. Pugazhenthi and Mr. Stalin Gunasekaran were each presented a purse of Rs.10,000, in recognition of their services in the areas of primary health care and personality development respectively.

Office-bearers of 136 Leo Clubs from Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Karur and Karaikal participated in the meet.

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