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‘Ensure overall development in villages’

Staff Reporter

–Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Focus on growth: District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam addressing the special village panchayat held at Mettupatti village near Salem on Friday.

SALEM: Elected representatives, rural development officials and self-help groups should work together to ensure holistic development in villages, District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam has said.

Participating at the special Grama Sabha meeting held at Mettupatti village in Ayodhyapattinam block near here on Friday, he said that the Government had introduced a number of programmes for rural development.

Benefits of these programmes should ultimately reach the target people. All the villages should have adequate infrastructure facilities.

Mr. Rajarathinam said that the Government has introduced a new programme ‘Rural Infrastructure Scheme’ to create basic amenities in villages and sustain the assets created under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

Mettupatti village would be covered under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam in 2010-11.

The village panchayat should list out the works that could be executed under the scheme.

He asked the elected representatives to give more importance to achieving total sanitation and spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS. Interacting with officials, SHG members appealed to the district administration to take steps to open a bank branch in Mettupatti village.

Similar meetings were held in all village panchayats in the district.

Social audit of NREGS was also carried out during the meetings.

Officials furnished details regarding revenue and expenditure of panchayats to sabha members.

Grama Sabhas were held in all 331 villages in Namakkal district.

Collector U. Sagayam, taking part in Grama Sabha in Periyapatti village, called upon the people to co-operate with the district administration for effective implementation of AIDS prevention and care programmes.

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