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Norms for adoption of tsunami-hit villages

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGERCOIL, JAN.16. The Government has decided to allow willing non-governmental organisations and public sector units to adopt tsunami-hit villages in the district, if they are ready to spend Rs.75 lakhs for the rehabilitation of fishermen, according to the Collector, Sunil Paliwal.

Speaking to presspersons here today, he said the Commissioner of Land Administration would hand over the land to those who wanted to adopt such villages. Rs.25 lakhs should be spent on constructing 50 houses, Rs.25 lakhs on providing infrastructure and Rs.25 lakhs on purchasing boats and other implements.

The Government had formed a district-level committee, led by the collector, to assist the non-governmental organisations and other public sectors, which wanted to extend a helping hand to the tsunami-affected fishermen.

The Collector directed school authorities not to insist students on wearing uniforms. The students should be allowed to travel from their residence to their schools in all Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses free-of-cost till they were provided with free passes. Those who wanted to adopt orphan and semi-orphan tsunami-affected children could contact the district social welfare officer, Mr. Sunil Paliwal said.

The Government allotted over Rs.3 crores to repair 3793 partially damaged catamarans and 435 vallams and to purchase 9430 nets so that the affected fishermen could venture into the sea for fishing.

Reopening of schools

All schools in the costal areas of the district affected by the tsunami would be reopened on January 17 and the needed number of textbooks for the students had already been sent to the respective schools.

The Kottilpadu Middle School at Colachel had been completely destroyed and temporary structure put up to enable the students to continue their education, the Collector said.

Adequate number of note and textbooks had already been sent to headmasters of 58 affected schools with 19,458 students on roll.

Death toll rises to 824

The death toll in the tsunami disaster rose to 824 with the recovery of three more bodies in the coastal areas of the district.

Of the139 cases reported missing, 11 were found alive. With the recovery of the two bodies, the number of those missing had now come down to 126.

A total of 1981 residential telephone connections were disrupted in 33 affected villages.

Of this, 919 connections were yet to be restored. The BSNL waived the rental charges for the affected connections from December 26 to January 15, Mr. Paliwal said.

The connections would not be disconnected even if the subscribers in the affected villages failed to remit the bill by January 31.

The district administration identified 525 victims who had undergone treatment as inpatients in various hospitals in the district for more than seven days.

A total of 29 private hospitals were asked to discharge the tsunami-affected persons without charging a single penny from them.

However, they were asked to submit the bills to the district administration so that that the amount would be paid with the help of philanthropists, said the Collector.

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