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Minister declares opens marriage hall

By Our Staff Reporter

THANJAVUR. JAN.23. The Minister for Forests and Environment, R.Vaidyalingam, declared open a marriage hall constructed by the Government at a cost of Rs.60 lakhs at Kasankadu in Madukkur panchayat union in Thanjavur district today.

He said the village was being provided with all facilities, including the marriage hall, under `village self- reliance scheme.' The minister also participated in a few marriage functions at the hall. The Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, said the marriage hall was constructed with Government aid as well as people's participation. All — poor of rich — without any discrimination should utilise the facility, he said.

Later the minister distributed free dhoties and saris to 938 persons at Manankandu panchayat, and new ration cards to 50 and certificates to 74 entrepreneurs who had undergone industrial training in the same village.

He also received a demand draft for Rs. 10,000 as tsunami-relief from Madukkur panchayat union. K. Thangamuthu, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Text Book Society, P. Rajendran, Project officer, District Rural Development Agency, participated.

Inspection

On another occasion, the Collector said that a borewell would be sunk at a cost of Rs.1.50 lakhs to provide drinking water at the hostel for Ambedkar schoolgirls at Thanjavur.

He inspected the hostel last night and checked the food cooked for the inmates and asked them whether they were in need of any amenities or infrastructure. The students said they wanted a borewell to be sunk and got the assurance from him.

He also inspected a hostel building being constructed at a cost of Rs. 31.05 lakhs by Tamilnadu Adidravidar Housing Development Corporation (TAHDCO) at Kundavai Nachiyar Government Arts College for Women. Later he visited the Adi Dravidar Colony at Thirupazhanam near Thiruvaiyaru and ordered the renovation of the approach road there at a cost of Rs. 1.30 lakhs.

The Collector also visited the Government Higher Secondary School for Adi Dravida students at Keelapunavasal. V. Muhil Vannan, District Adi Dravida Welfare Officer, Kathiravan, engineer, Adi Dravida Welfare Department, Narendran and Peter, special tahsildars, accompanied him.

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