TN: 100 more centres under e-district project

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Perambalur, Sep 27: More than 100 common service centres would be opened in Perambalur and Ariyalur districts under the e-district project and public can download more than 200 different forms pertaining to various departments including road transport, registration and civil supplies, according to Tamil Nadu Local Administration Minister M K Stalin.

Inaugurating the e-district projects for Perambalur and Ariyalur districts here yesterday, he said the general public could also view their 'chitta adankal' and even book train tickets through these centres.

Mr Stalin also commissioned the common service centres established under the project at Aranarai in Perambalur district and Wallajah Nagar in Ariyalur district before interacting with residents of the two villages through a video conferencing.

The project was first launched in Tiruvannamalai district on a pilot basis and was being gradually extended to other districts. The centres would offer government-to-citizen, business-to-business and business-to-citizen services.

He also inaugurated 151 development works costing about Rs 20 crore and distributed welfare assistance worth Rs 7.87 crore to 15,195 beneficiaries. This included revolving fund and credit worth Rs 3.84 crore to 11,347 members of women's self-help groups. Mr Stalin asserted that free colour television sets would be given to all. ''We hope to cover all in the IV phase when 40 lakh elevision sets are procured. Even if we have to go in for one more phase, we will do so and we have enough funds,'' he added.

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A Raja said though he would not be able to contest again from Perambalur Lok Sabha constituency consequent to the delimitation exercise, he had done his best for the development of Perambalur and Ariyalur districts during the past ten years. The Special Economic Zone coming up in Perambalur would put the district on the international business map, he added.

Mr Stalin also laid the foundation stones for the new collectorate building to be constructed at Ariyalur at a cost of Rs 16.23 crore and the Jayamkondam combined drinking water supply scheme to be executed at a cost of Rs 26.06 crore. Speaking on the occasion, he said the self-help group movement in Tamil Nadu was serving as a model for the entire country and the SHGs have inspired the confidence of bankers through their good track record of repayment.

Mr Stalin said the nationalised Indian Bank, had advanced Rs 1,824 crore to about 2.57 lakh SHGs across the country till June 30 last and out of this, Rs 1,058 crore were given to 1.46 lakh SHGs in Tamil Nadu. This was ample proof for the confidence reposed on the SHGs by bankers. The 3.70 lakh SHGs in the state with over 59 lakh members had a total savings of about Rs 1,826 crore, he added.

Union Minister A Raja said Perambalur and Ariyalur districts had been fully provided potable water supply from the Cauvery river.


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