Check pollution of irrigational sources: Pudukottai Collector

Farmers oriented towards tank modernisation projects

PUDUKOTTAI: Irrigational sources should be free from pollution for ensuring safe agricultural operation and enhancing productivity.

To achieve this goal, farmers should take steps to protect the ground water and the surface sources, observed A. Suganthi, Collector.

Presiding over a meeting of the representatives of the Water User Associations (WUA) of the Agniyar, Ambuliyar, South Vellar and Pambar sub-basins in the district on Tuesday, the Collector said that farmers had a dual responsibility of stepping up productivity and also protection of the natural resources, particularly soil and ground and irrigational water.

Massive projects were being executed on the Agniyar, Ambuliyar, South Vellar and Pambar with a view to restoring the original ayacut of these sub-basins under the “Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Water bodies Restoration and Management” (I AMWARM) scheme. As many as 850 tanks were located in these sub-basins and an equal number of WUAs, at the rate of one WUA for every tank, would ensure efficient management of irrigational water. These WUAs were being formed through election in local villages. Barring a few areas, election to the WUAs had been conducted for a major number of tanks. The Collector appealed to the WUA representatives to take maximum advantage of the IAMWARM scheme. R. Selvaraj, Executive Engineer, South Vellar Sub-basin, Pudukottai, said that the objective of the meeting was to sensitise the farmers about the various works being executed jointly by various departments and agencies including the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University; Animal Husbandry Department; Agricultural Engineering Department and Horticulture Department. Works on the South Vellar and Pambar sub-basins would be completed shortly.

S. Natarajan, Executive Engineer, said that the work on modernisation of tanks on the Agniyar and the Ambuliyar sub-basins were in full swing.

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‘Plant two saplings in front of shops’

Collector instructs PDS shop salesmen in Dharmapuri

DHARMAPURI: Salesmen across the district were instructed to plant two saplings in front of their shops. A decision to this effect was taken at a consultative meeting held under the chairmanship of Collector P. Amutha.

It was also decided to keep complaint box at all ration shops and maintain a register.

Quality should be maintained while supplying essential items to the consumers. Ration items should be distributed in all days.

With a view to prevent bogus ration cards, ration card holders were asked to sign the food items distribution register.

The public were asked to be vigilant to prevent malpractice in the PDS shops.

If they come across any such activities they can inform the same to the PDS Advisory Committee.

If any of the salesmen are found using the conventional weighing machine instead of the electronic machine, public can make a complaint over phone 04342-265141.

The kerosene supply for the beneficiaries of the free gas connection (single cylinder) given by the government would be withdrawn, Ms. Amutha said.

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For a Clean, Green Nilgiris

As part of the ongoing Summer Festival the focus has now been shifted to promote eco tourism in the Nilgiris

Udhagamandalam: With the curtain coming down on dance, drama and music programmes organised as part of the Summer Festival at the Breeks HADP Open Air Stadium here on Monday, the focus has shifted to other activities being organised in association with various private sector agencies.

Promoting adventure:The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik flagging off a cycle rally in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Speaking to The Hindu the organisers expressed the confidence that the activities proposed would not only give the tourists something to remember this hill station by but also carry forward the ‘Clean, Green Nilgiris’ theme of the ongoing Summer Festival.

The first among such activities was a cycle rally organised with the help of TI Cycles which was flagged off at the Collectorate here on Tuesday by the Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik.

Stating that it was the first of its kind here, she said that since youth also are forced to adopt a sedentary lifestyle it is imperative that such activities are promoted.

Pointing out that cycling will also help protect the environment, she said that the participation of a large number of NCC girls from various parts of the country who are here in connection with a trekking expedition will help spread the green message.

With the cadets raising slogans like ‘Bharat Matha Ki Jai’ one of them Bhoomika of Ahmedabad said that she was filled with pride to take part in such a cycling campaign.

The Tourist Officer, Dorairaj, said that such activities made the Summer Festival lively.

The Manager (Marketing) TI Cycles, Saurav Jalgonkar, said that the objective was to help the administration promote eco tourism. A distance of about five km. was covered by the cyclists.

By way of promoting adventure cycling a display of extreme adventure biking skills will be organised at the Boat House here on Wednesday.

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Nagercoil: Anti-plastic campaign launched

Minister and Collector distribute paper bags to people

Nagercoil: Tourism Minister N. Suresh Rajan released a logo in connection with creating awareness among the people on avoiding the use of plastic items on Tuesday. The title of the logo released was ‘Avoid the use of plastic’ in Kanyakumari district.

Both the Minister and Collector Rajendra Ratnoo distributed the paper bags to those who attended the function.

The Collector said that resolution was passed in local bodies through out the district not to use plastic items. This would be published in the Government Gazette on March 15. The aim of releasing the logo was to create awareness among the people not to use non-degradable plastic items, re-cycling of non-degradable plastic items as fuel in cement factory at Tirunelveli. He also sought the cooperation of people, members from various self-help groups, and representatives from local bodies for the successful implementation of this scheme.

Later the Tourism Minister, N. Suresh Rajan, Collector, Rajendra Ratnoo, MP J. Helen Davidson, distributed paper bags in shops in and around collectorate.

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Enumeration of wild animals to be held

DINDIGUL: Enumeration of wild animals including tigers in forests under Dindigul forest division will be conducted between February 6 and 13.

Non-government organisations, students in schools and colleges and individual volunteers may take part in the survey.

Those interested can contact the District Forest Officer, District Forest Office, Collectorate in person or through telephone number 0451-2460470, according to a release from District Forest Office here on Monday.

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