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VISAKHAPATNAM: The first public grievance redress day ‘Prajavani' conducted by him on Monday by district Collector Lav Agarwal, who took charge a few days ago, was a different experience for the members of public.
Mr. Agarwal gave a patient hearing to every petitioner but made it clear to them that the laws and rules and regulations could not be set aside while extending help. There was no use in coming to the Collectorate often in such cases and also the matters pending in the courts. However, justice would be rendered to any one if the rules and regulations were not followed in his or her case, he said. After getting down from his vehicle, Mr. Agarwal noticed a few physically challenged persons sitting on the ground floor varandha, and went straight to them and took petitions from them.
Noticing a physically challenged woman, who was sitting on the verandah in front of his chambers, and who could not stand on her legs, Mr. Agarwal sat beside her and heard her problem. It was also the case with an old man sitting nearby. When a physically handicapped couple sought jobs, he assured them to sanction a loan if they were ready to take up a self-employment programme and said he could not go out of way to give them jobs which might deny job to eligible persons. When another petitioner sought admission in the Tribal Welfare Ashram School and the DSC 2008 candidates wanted filling up of backlog posts, the Collector said rules and government orders could not be violated.
He directed the tehsildar of Padmanabham to look into a petition on a house site submitted by a housewife who met him along with her children. Additional Joint Collector S. Satyanarayana and District Revenue Officer Prabhakara Rao were also asked to accept petitions as there were many petitioners waiting to meet the Collector.
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