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kerosene supply for the beneficiaries of the free gas connection (single cylinder) given by the government would be withdrawn, Ms.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


10 lakh saplings planted in Virudhunagar

Replacement saplings available

VIRUDHUNAGAR: A total of 10,13,643 saplings were planted in Virudhunagar district during the mass plantation drive conducted on June 5.

In a statement, District Revenue Officer B. Ganesan said enumerators appointed on the day had verified and got acknowledgement from the people for having planted this many saplings.

The district administration was able to ready 2.10 lakh of coconut, 3.35 lakh of teak, 4.45 lakh of gooseberry and 84,000 of guava saplings, totalling to 11,24,000.

However, a total of 10,06,296 saplings were taken to different distribution centres in the district.

These saplings, distributed to those who had not dug the pits and not kept ready the sticks and gunny bags to make tree guards, were retrieved and distributed to others who showed interest, Mr. Ganesan said.

With lot of enthusiasm showed by the people for the drive, additional 39,000 coconut saplings brought from Dharmapuri and 20,000 saplings of neem, pungan, casuarina and teak from Sevalur nursery were distributed.

Out of the total 10,65,296 saplings distributed, the enumerators – teachers and village administrative officers – got acknowledgement from people for having planted 10,13,543.

Mr. Ganesan said that for the remaining five per cent of the saplings either the acknowledgement was not obtained from the people or could have been damaged in transit.

The DRO said that people who had failed to register their names in the initial stage, but had dug pits could get the saplings from Sevalur nursery, where another 30,000 saplings were kept ready.

Interested people may get it through the Panchayat Presidents or Village Administrative Officers or contact 04562-252804.

All the saplings planted during the drive that fail would be replaced, Mr. Ganesan said.


Sapling planting programme held

To mark World Environment Day today

Nagercoil: The Water, Environment and Sanitation Consortium (WAESCO) inaugurated a programme by planting saplings by District Environment Co-ordinator K. Vijayakumar and Psychiatrist B.Nagarajan here.

The aim of the this programme is to ensure the environment is free from pollution to mark the the World Environment Day on Saturday.

Mr. Vijayakumar told The Hindu that it was the bounden duty of the younger generation to keep the environment free from any kind of pollution. As per the statistics it came to know that 30,000 crore plants were needed to be planted to balance the ecology.

Regional Convener of WAESCO Arul Kannan said that all the people of the district should follow the principles of the former President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who is very much interested in motivating children to plant saplings, particularly medicinal ones.

The WAESCO appreciated the efforts made by the Collector Rajendra Ratnoo who was very much interested in declaring the district as ‘plastic-free Kanyakumari,’ because the district was included in the international tourist world map.

WAESCO members Rajan, Gerome, Shanthi, Subramoni and others participated in the function.