TAMIL NADU

Rs.1 cr. to desilt irrigation tanks

PERAMBALUR, MARCH 24. A sum of Rs.1 crore has been sanctioned to desilt and deepen irrigation tanks and supply channels in Perambalur district, the Collector, D. Vivekanandan, has said.

Presiding over the farmers' grievance day meeting held here on Wednesday, he said the works would be executed under the Drought Relief Programme. A sum of Rs.40 lakhs has been sanctioned to the District Rural Development Agency while the balance Rs. 60 lakhs has been allotted to the Public Works Department.

The Collector said that 3,896 tonnes of paddy had been procured so far through the direct purchase centres. He directed the officials not to initiate any distraint proceedings against agriculturists who had not repaid their loans.

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