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Sep 29, 2009

NREGS implementation gets going good !

From being way behind in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme that aims to provide livelihood to the poor, Coimbatore District has now bettered the State’s overall performance in implementing the scheme, according to Collector P. Umanath.

The implementation of this scheme had been a problem in Coimbatore because of its economic status being better than that of the other regions in the State. Therefore, only 18 per cent to 20 per cent of the funds were used compared to 70 per cent to 75 per cent in the rest of the State, the Collector told presspersons on Sunday.

For the last one-and-a-half months, the administration had identified areas that were suitable for the beneficiaries, given Coimbatore’s economic status. As a result, Coimbatore’s utilisation of the allocated funds rose from 20 per cent to 80 per cent during this period.

As much as 95 per cent of the works were de-silting of ponds and canals and widening of existing roads or laying of new ones.

Welfare schemes

The Collector said 1.54 lakh colour television sets were distributed from January till this month under the free colour television scheme. This had achieved despite the process having been halted by the Lok Sabha eletions in April-May and the byelections to the Thondamuthur Assembly seat in August.As for the distribution of free gas stoves to the below poverty line families, 11,500 had been given away as against a target of 15,000 till this month.

Ration cards

Dr. Umanath said he would look into complaints of supply of items being stopped for some ration card holders though they had not been informed of the stop supply order of the Government for cards whose holders were not traceable during verification.As per Government instructions, stop supply order had been issued on 1.5 lakh cards and time had been given to the card holders to appeal against the order.The administration received 63,000 appeals, out of which about 10,000 were rejected. When the cards of those who did not respond to the opportunity to appeal were also rejected, some people appealed for more time.

An extension till June 30 this year led to 22,000 appeals being filed. Further extension by a month yielded only 2,000 appeals.Finally, 14,000 of those who appealed and the 60,000 who did not respond at all had their supplies stopped.A list of cardholders, those who appealed for the continuation of supply, those whose appeals were rejected and those who did not appeal at all would be displayed at the respective ration shops.

Health insurance

Dr. Umanath said that so far 39,000 people in the district had registered for coverage under the Kalaignar Health Insurance Scheme for Life –Saving Treatment.

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