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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Villupuram to seek Rs. 90 crore as compensation

Special Correspondent
Minister K. Ponmudy holds review meeting
“As per preliminary estimate standing crop on 132 hectares had been fully damaged”
VILLUPURAM: Higher Education Minister K.Ponmudy has stated that the Villupuram district administration will seek Rs 90 crore from the State Government for taking up immediate relief measures in the rain-hit areas.
After addressing a review meeting, attended by District Collector Brajendra Navnit and District Revenue Officer Kathiravan, here on Tuesday, the Minister told presspersons that so far relief worth Rs 50 lakh had been disbursed in the district.Compensation
This included Rs 1 lakh compensation each to the families of 10 persons who died in rain-related incidents and Rs 2,000 each to 3,452 families who had lost their houses.
The Minister said that as per the preliminary estimate standing crop on 132 hectares had been fully damaged and crops on 666 ha had been partly damaged. Damage to roads
Road network for a total length of 1,700 km needed repair, he added.

Monday, December 24, 2007

CM announces Rs 200 cr for flood relief

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday said Rs 200 crore has been allocated for initiating relief works across the State.

Reviewing the flood relief works with the concerned department heads today at the Secretariat, he said that the loss has been estimated at Rs 1500 crore and detailed estimates are expected from the respective District Collectors and department heads in a couple of days.

He said that the government would send a report to the Centre seeking financial assistance. The District Collectors have been asked to take up flood relief work on a warfooting, he added.

It may be noted that Chief Minister M Karunanidhi visited the flood hit areas in Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Villupuram and Cuddalore districts and consoled the affected people.

PWD Minister Durai Murugan, Highways Minister Saminathan, Chief Secretary L K Tripathy and Commissioner for Revenue Administration and Secretaries of Finanace, Revenue, PWD, Highways participated at the review meet.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Meeting discusses ways of improving students’ performance

VILLUPURAM: “We are looking at ways to enhance students’ performance in the public examinations,” School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said on Wednesday.

He was chairing a review meeting here with the Secretary, Directors, Chief Educational Officers, District Educational Officers and other department officials.

The review meeting for the Chennai zone, which includes Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram, was aimed at addressing students’ pass percentage, vacancies in schools and infrastructure in rural schools.

“Teachers will look at students’ marks in the quarterly examination and classify them according to the number of subjects they pass in. Students who fail in one subject will be given additional coaching in that subject,” Mr.Thennarasu said. If many students were found performing poorly in one particular subject in a school, the teacher would receive additional training.

The department would take a close look at the progress made after the introduction of the Activity-Based Learning modules and the Active Learning Methodology in schools. “We intend grading schools as ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C’ as per their performance, and we will work towards equipping the ‘B’ category schools to graduate to ‘A’ and the ‘C’ schools to ‘B’.” Progress made in creating infrastructure with the funds allocated by the NABARD would also be reviewed, he said.

“Vacancies in schools will be identified and an adequate number of teachers posted. A Government Order has been issued for the appointment of 800 teachers.” Till then, as a temporary measure, educated youth would be roped in to teach students in schools that did not have enough teachers, he said.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hospital improvement work to begin soon

VILLUPURAM: The first phase of upgrading Stanley Hospital will begin shortly, according to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

In a statement, he said the cost of the first phase would be Rs.25 crore.

A total of Rs.100 crore would be spent for improving its condition.

Infrastructure of the Chengalpattu and the Kilpauk hospitals would be improved at a cost of Rs.25 crore each.

The works would be taken up soon.

Expansion of the Rajaji Hospital in Madurai had been approved and Rs.22 crore set apart.

A sum of Rs.21 crore had been sanctioned for constructing hostels in Chengalpattu, Tirunelveli, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Madurai, Kilpauk and Stanley medical colleges and the Chennai Dental College.

A building for the Dental College would be built at a cost of Rs.13 crore. Civil works for the Villupuram Medical College Hospital had been approved at a cost of Rs.41 crore and would begin soon, the Chief Minister said.
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