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Welfare schemes given priority in naxal-hit villages

Staff Reporter

Benchmark survey of persons below poverty line to be undertaken

Krishnagiri: The Collector, Mangat Ram Sharma reviewed the progress of activities of various line departments taken up under the Socio-economic Development (SED) programme in a meeting at the Collectorate on Saturday.

The programme is implemented in 50 naxal-affected villages in the blocks of Kelamangalam, Thally, Uthangkarai, Mathur, Bargur and Kaveripattinam. The District Forest Officer, S. Paulraj presided.

The Collector instructed officials to conduct a benchmark survey of people below the poverty line for provision of basic amenities.

The members would be formed into self-help groups for provision of wage employment and self-employment.

He also urged the officials to lay roads and install streetlights in the interior habitations for rural infrastructure upgradation.

Issuance of house site pattas and land pattas to eligible persons, construction of solar fences and elephant proof trenches to prevent man-elephant conflicts, community certificates to SC/ST and identification of beneficiaries under the Farmers Security Scheme were also discussed.

Rallies

The police would regularly conduct prohibition awareness rallies in the affected villages aimed at complete eradication of illicit liquor. The police would also closely monitor the activities of doubtful persons.

The Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Charging Exorbitant Interest Act would be implemented to tackle the menace of Kandhu Vatti (usury) menace. Vocational training would also be given to youth groups to provide sustainable employment.

He instructed officials from the Department of Agriculture to prepare a detailed proposal on agriculture and allied activities like bee keeping and vermicompost production aimed at economic uplift of the villagers. Along with this preference would be given on government schemes to beneficiaries from these villages.

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