Welfare Schemes Discussed at Consultative Meet
PUDUCHERRY: A meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the departments allocated to Welfare Minister P Rajavelu was convened on Wednesday.
According to an official release, the members of the committee, along with secretaries to the heads of departments, chairmen of various corporations and boards and the secretary to Legislative Assembly evaluated the schemes being implemented by the departments of Social Welfare, Adi Dravidar Welfare, Women and Child Welfare and Labour and Tourism, to chalk out the modalities and bring in new schemes for the welfare of the people, within the allocated budget.
As tourism is the core sector generating more revenue, schemes formulated under the Central Sponsored Scheme (CSS) were intensively discussed. The main objective of the Adi Dravidar Welfare Department is to uplift the socio-economic conditions of SC people, particularly in the sectors of education and health, besides provision of civic amenities.
Other issues discussed during the meeting included providing house and house site pattas to poor SCs and converting their huts into concrete houses. Problems faced by differently-abled and labourers in private factories and their rehabilitation were also discussed. The members also referred to the issue of pattas and raised the issue of spending from the Special Component Plan fund. Vivek Pandy, Secretary (Welfare), promised to take all the suggestions into consideration and release a sum of `4 lakh as subsidy.
MLAs P Angalan (AINRC), Nandha T Saravanan (DMK), Omsakthi Sekar (AIADMK), PML Kalyanasundaram (AINRC) and G Nehru alias Kuppusamy (AINRC) participated with the chairmen of boards and corporations.