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Union Urban Development Secretary calls on Stalin

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Source : The Hindu Date : 24.06.2009

Union Urban Development Secretary calls on Stalin

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Union Urban Development Secretary M. Ramachandran met Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin at Secretariat here on Tuesday and discussed issues relating to allotment of funds for the State under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, mobilisation of resources for new projects under the mission, purchase of new buses to improve transport facilities and the progress of the Chennai Metro Rail project.

Mayor M. Subramanian; T.V. Somanathan, Secretary to Chief Minister (Monitoring); K. Deenabandu, Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister; Niranjan Mardi, Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supplies Department; Transport Secretary Atulya Mishra and Corporation Commissioner (in-charge) Ashish Chatterjee were among those present.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:20
 

Training for government officials

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Source : The Hindu Date : 24.06.2009

Training for government officials

Staff Reporter

A total of 544 employees to attend it in four phases

Photo: N. Bashkaran

Corporate trainer Dr. M. Parivallal at a training programme for government officials at the Institute of Rural Employment Training centre on Tuesday. –

KRISHNAGIRI: Corporate training has been introduced to government officials and employees in Krishnagiri district.

The programme was chalked out by the district administration.

‘The Training People’ from Bangalore who has done the training programme in Sivaganga district will be providing the trainging here too.

The Additional Collector, Darez Ahmed, who was impressed by the programme in Sivaganga district took the initiative to implement it in Krishnagiri district.

About 644 district officers attended the programme in Sivaganga district.

A total of 544 officers and employees from various departments in Krishnagiri district will benefit from the programme named ‘Be … the Best.’

Aim

The aim of the programme is to make an individual face challenges and changes in a better manner.

Officers from Revenue, Education, Health, Social Welfare and other departments who are in direct contact with the public are given three day training in four batches.

The first batch was inaugurated by the Collector V.K. Shanmugam at the Rural Employment Training Centre, near the KRP dam.

‘The Training People’ is headed by Dr. M. Parivallal and has a tema of specialist trainers.

The programme which starts at 6 a.m. includes Yoga, meditation, pranayama behavioural management and management games.

The programme concludes at 11 p.m.

About 12 international trainers specialised are attending the programme. The training for first batch began here last Sunday. For the second batch the training will be from June 24 to 26, for the third batch from June 27 to 30 and for the last batch from June 30 to July 2.

Cost

Collector V.K. Shanmugam told The Hindu that when Mr. Darez Ahmed took this initiative the training firm readily accepted to conduct it at a reduced cost (60 per cent less than for the corporates). When we approached the UNICEF’s state-level coordinators over phone, they instantly accepted to fund the programme considerably, he added.

Dr. Parivallal told The Hindu that this was a psychological programme aimed at skill development.

“We will identify the hidden talents of the individuals at the programme and train them on how to exhibit in a purposeful manner,” he added.

He said the programmes were planned in a playful manner instead of class room lectures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:16
 

Motors fitted in water connections to be seized

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Source : The Hindu Date : 23.06.2009

Motors fitted in water connections to be seized

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Connection to the erring houses or commercial establishments to be cut off immediately: Mayor

TIRUNELVELI: Informing that petition boxes would be kept in the zonal offices of Tirunelveli Corporation for receiving complaints regarding drinking water supply, Mayor A.L. Subramanian has announced adding that checks would be conducted to seize motors fitted in drinking water connections.

“Besides, the water connection to the erring houses or commercial establishments will be cut off immediately and legal proceedings initiated against them,” Mr. Subramanian informed at the council meeting held here on Monday.

Raising the issue of inadequate and erratic drinking water supply to the residents in various parts of the local body, Melapalayam Zone chairman S.S. Mohamed Maideen said a farmer near Melapalayam was tapping water from the main pipeline for his plantain saplings planted on over 10 acres even as the residents were running from pillar to post for drinking water.

The Assistant Executive Engineer, Melapalayam, Samuel Selvaraj said a police complaint had been given in this connection and the first information report would soon be registered.

To facilitate the filtration and increase the quantity of water being supplied by the infiltration wells, the Mayor asked the officials to initiate steps to heap sand around the wells.

Executive Engineer Narayanan Nair replied that the exercise had been suspended as the contractor identified for heaping the sand around infiltration wells failed to comply with the contract norms. “The contract has been cancelled and the contractor blacklisted. Soon the work will resume,” he assured.

Palayamkottai Zone chairman Suba. Seetharaman, councillor Revathi Ashok wanted the age-old distribution pipelines be replaced without further delay as there were frequent bursts.

The Mayor said finalization of tenders for two major drinking water projects worth Rs. 22.22 crore, for the benefit of wards 8, 9 and 10 and wards 19, 26 and 27, would be done shortly and hence these projects, designed to benefit peripheral areas, could be completed within 12 to 18 months.

“If the drinking water taken in lorries from the corporation reservoirs is sold to commercial establishments, the corporation personnel concerned will be suspended immediately. Similarly, the pumps fitted in the drinking water connections will also be seized and the people concerned will have to face legal action. I appeal to the councillors not to support these erring people,” Mr. Subramanian said.

Even before the council meeting started, a group of residents from Bharani Nagar submitted petition to the Mayor demanding regular supply of drinking water.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 04:07
 


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