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Relief disbursed for rehabilitation

Staff Reporter

Gesture to reformed prohibition offenders

KARUR: P. Ramamohan Rao, Highways Secretary and Zonal Commissioner for Karur district, distributed a total of Rs.15 lakhs to 150 reformed prohibition offenders for rehabilitation and to carry on economic development activity.

He advised the beneficiaries to use the credit prudently.

At a function held here, he gave Rs. 10,000 to each of the 150 identified beneficiaries from various parts of the district, who had decided to break free from the clutches of illicit distillation and trading.

The Collector, A. Karthik, said that 71 reformed prohibition offenders had been sanctioned Rs. 7.10 lakhs for leading a new life. He advised the beneficiaries to utilize the funds properly.

He assured them that based on their work and feedback, the administration would consider helping them get credit from banks.

The Superintendent of Police, K. Shankar, said that police would keep a tab on the activities of the beneficiaries and urged them to provide a trouble-free and peaceful atmosphere for their families.

If not, provisions of Goondas Act would be invoked.

Works reviewed

Earlier, Mr. Rao reviewed the progress of various development works under way in this district. He said that timely preventive steps prevented large-scale problems and damages during the recent floods.

However, he called upon the officials to prepare a contingency plan, in consonance with the Revenue Department, to tackle unforeseen situations such as natural calamities.

He said that out of the targeted 396 women self help groups, 186 have been sanctioned credit cum subsidy under the Mahalir Thittam, and another 134 groups have been sanctioned revolving fund through the District Rural Development Agency.

The rest should be given credit and funds soon, he told the officials.

Regarding the free bicycle scheme for students, he said that of the identified 5,821 students through the Backward Classes Welfare Department, a total of 2,650 had been given bicycles and asked officials to distribute bicycles to the rest before December.

Under the Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojana, road works to a length of 11.58 km have been taken up at a cost of Rs. 133.19 lakhs in Karur, Thanthoni and Aravakurichi Unions in the district.

Under the NABARD funding and rural roads wing, another seven works for a length of 37 km have been taken up for repair at a cost of Rs. 2.90 crores.

He called upon the officials to expedite the works and complete them in time.

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