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Assistance worth Rs.11 lakh distributed

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PUDUKOTTAI: Collector, B. Maheswari, distributed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 11 lakh under various government schemes to 185 beneficiaries belonging to weaker sections at the mass contact programme held at Sembattur village on Wednesday.

The Collector said only those who were eligible under the government norms should apply for the benefits. The locals could collect details about the schemes and the norms for the provision of assistance from the office of the village administrative officers.

She urged locals to make the best of the medical camps organised by Department of Health and the Department of Animal Husbandry.

The locals should also utilise the mass contact programme to know the salient features of government schemes.

Explaining the importance of mass contact programme, Mrs. Maheswari said such programmes are beneficial to common man as decisions are taken instantly. It also enables officials to solve people's grievances then and there by getting clarifications from them.

The Collector said 125 petitions were already received in connection with the mass contact programme and 316 petitions were received afresh today.

She declared open the photo exhibition on achievements of government departments put up by the Department of Information and Public Relations; exhibition of the products made by the women self help groups; and also exhibitions put up by the State departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Health.

A total of 245 men and women were screened in the medical camp, including 75 for blood pressure, 46 for eye ailments. Eight persons underwent ECG tests, four of whom were referred for further treatment at the government headquarters hospital.

N. Muthukumar, MLA; G. S. Ramadasu, District Revenue Officer, S. S. Kumar, Project Director, Rural Development Agency; Jaya Srinivasan, Pudukottai Panchayat Union Chairperson; Indira Lakshmanan, Sembattur village panchayat president, and others spoke.

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