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State government sanctions Rs. 5 crore for drought relief

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The Hindu 13.07.2009

State government sanctions Rs. 5 crore for drought relief

Special Correspondent
To enable the various local bodies to tide over the drinking water scarcity

“Rainfall received this year was 32% less than the normal rainfall till this part of the year”

Officials have been asked to cut the drinking water supply to bulk consumers

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned a sum of Rs. five crore as the first instalment of drought relief to Vellore district, out of the Rs. 14 crore sought by the district administration, to enable the various local bodies to undertake immediate measures to tide over the drinking water scarcity in the light of the deficiency in rainfall and the consequent drying up of the drinking water sources in the Palar river, according to C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore. Of this amount, Rs. three crore has been allotted to the panchayat unions, Rs.95 lakh to the municipalities, Rs.75 lakh to the town panchayats and Rs.30 lakh to the Vellore Corporation, he said.

Talking to newspersons after holding a meeting with the Block Development Officers (BDOs) of 20 panchayat unions, Commissioner of the Vellore Corporation, Commissioners of 13 municipalities and executive officers of 22 town panchayats in the district at the Collectorate here on Sunday, Mr. Rajendran said that the rainfall received by Vellore district this year was 32% less than the normal rainfall till this part of the year. Consequent to the government sanctioning an immediate interim drought relief amount of Rs. five crore, he conducted the meeting in order to identify the priority areas in the various local bodies requiring immediate attention in drought relief so that the grant could be disbursed to them based on their proposals. Among the 20 panchayat unions in Vellore district, Gudiyatham, K.V. Kuppam, Natrampalli, Kandhili, Tirupattur, Nemili and Jolarpet panchayat unions and parts of Alangayam panchayat union were badly affected by the drought. Of the 22 town panchayats, the town panchayats of Katpadi, Gandhinagar, Kazhinjur, Allapuram and Thorappadi were badly affected, while among the 13 municipalities in the district, the Tharapadavedu Third Grade Municipality was badly affected.

The Collector said that the BDOs, executive officers and commissioners of the affected panchayat unions, town panchayats and municipalities have been asked to identify the priority water scarcity areas and submit proposals for drought relief measures based on the immediate needs. They have also been asked to take steps on a war-footing, to execute the various works in order to overcome the drinking water problem and alleviate the sufferings of the people. He said that the Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had announced in the Assembly that if necessary, more funds would be sanctioned for drought relief to Vellore district. The officials have been asked to cut the drinking water supply to bulk consumers such as marriage halls, hotels and lodges, and divert the supply to the residential areas in all local bodies facing acute drinking water scarcity. They have also been asked to seize motors and disconnect the water connection of all consumers who were found to be resorting to the practice of illegal tapping of water using motors.

Mr. Rajendran said that the Sathuvachari Third Grade Municipality, which was having surplus supply, has agreed to supply 22 lakh litres per day (LLD) to the Vellore Corporation. The latter has agreed to supply 10 LLD to the Allapuram town panchayat, which in turn has agreed to supply three LLD to the Thorappadi town panchayat. The work on the sinking of additional wells under the Allapuram-Thorappadi Integrated Drinking Water Supply Scheme in the Palar River would be over in another one month and the supply to these town panchayats increased. Thanks to the gesture of Sathuvachari Municipality, Vellore Corporation and Allapuram town panchayat, it would be possible to increase the frequency of water supply in Thorappadi town panchayat from once in 25 days to once in 10 days, he said.

Earlier participating in the meeting, the Collector asked the Commissioner of Vellore Corporation P. Kubendran to reduce the duration of water supply from two hours to one hour so that the frequency of water supply could be increased from once a week or 10 days to once in four days. Similar instructions were also given to the authorities of the municipalities and town panchayats.



unicipality seeks funds

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Source : The Hindu Date : 09.07.2009

unicipality seeks funds

Staff Reporter

To renovate Anna Bus Stand


Municipality planning a proposal seeking Rs. 3 crore

A discussion to be held on Friday in the council meeting

Nagercoil: It has been decided to renovate the Anna Bus Stand and a proposal in this connection would be forwarded seeking allotment of adequate funds, said the chairman or Nagercoil Municipality, Asokan Solomon.

. The State government had allotted Rs. 2 crore for the development works to be carried out under the Integrated Development Planning Scheme. The municipality had prepared strategic plans for renovation of Vadaserry vegetable and fish markets with the allocated funds.

Since no company came forward to bag tenders for the renovation works, it got delayed for three years. Subsequently the Centre had ordered the revocation of funds stating that the State Government could not provide funds for the renovation and the municipality should bear the cost.

Meanwhile the municipality had decided to use the same fund for the renovation of Anna Bus Stand, which was also getting delayed.

But the State government subsequently withdrew the amount saying that the municipality was not authorised to utilize a fund that was meant of another project. Therefore the municipality was planning to place a proposal seeking Rs. 3 crore for the renovation of Anna Bus Stand and Vadaserry market. A discussion in this connection would be held on Friday since the council meeting was postponed to Friday.

As the municipality was on the verge of returning the unused grant to the government, councillors of AIADMK and MDMK criticised the authorities who seemed least bothered about the development of the Nagercoil Municipal limits.


Local bodies getting more funds: Stalin

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Source : The Hindu Date : 30.06.2009

Local bodies getting more funds: Stalin

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Monday rebutted the Opposition criticism that less funds were being allocated to local bodies in the State.

Wrapping up a debate in the Assembly on the demands for grants to Municipal Administration, Water Supply, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Departments, Mr. Stalin said that the devolution of funds to local bodies was increased to 9.5 per cent of the State’s Own Tax Revenue (SOTR) this year from 9 per cent last year. As a result, the sum provided for the local bodies was Rs.6,928 crore against Rs.6,241 crore last year, an increase of Rs.687 crore.

Pointing out that the government absorbed the expenditure of the local bodies for providing basic services such as primary education and water supply apart from salaries to employees, he said if these were to be included, the share would be 31 per cent of the SOTR.

He was responding to the observations of K. Balabharathy (Communist Party of India-Marxist), S. Gunasekaran (CPI), S. P. Velumani (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and T. Sadhan Thirumalai Kumar (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam).

To encourage best-performing panchayat level federations (PLFs), 1,000 PLFs would be selected this year and Rs.1 lakh each given as incentive.

To enable all women living below the poverty line to join and benefit from the Self Help Group (SHG) movement, it was estimated that one lakh new SHGs should be formed in the State. It had been decided to form 50,000 new SHGs this year and another 50,000 next year.

On the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Mr. Stalin said Chief Minister had written to the Prime Minister, urging that the number of days of job should be increased from 100 to 150. Action was being initiated to enhance the minimum wages from Rs.80 to Rs.100.

This year, 30 more Samuthuvapurams would be established, for which the government had set apart Rs.75 crore.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:32

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