Chennai, Dec 17 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today called upon District Collectors to pay particular importance to garbage removal and making Tamil Nadu free of open defaction by taking up mass campaigns.
Speaking at a coference of Collectors and Police officers here, Ms Jayalalithaa said a multi-pronged strategy must be adopted to ensure the goal of an open defaction-free Tamil Nadu was reached by 2015. Well constructed and sufficient number of toilets along with an agressive campaign will discourage such a practice, she observed. Ms Jayalalithaa also called upon her officers to take up the programme in mission mode and provide necessary leadership to ensure the elimination of such practice.
Stating many urban local bodies were facing problem in identifying land for solid waste disposal, she asked the District Collectors to identify in coordination with other departments the land required for the purpose and also pay particular attention to garbage disposal by taking up mass cleaning campaigns.Continuing in the same vein, Ms Jayalalthaa asked her officers to take effective steps to control dengue, a vector-borne disease, emphasising the prevention of such diseases was entirely in the hands of the District Administration.
She also asked them to keep a sharp eye on vital health indicators such as Infant and Maternal Mortality Rate and evolve innovative solutions to tackle the problems. Claiming in the last 19 months, her government had achieved sufficient progress in the 'pre-requisites' of maintenance of public order, political stability and plan for progress, Ms Jayalalithaa said there was always scope for more improvements. On law and order, Ms Jayalalithaa said it was well maintained in the state with no major issues threatening public stability and order. Left wing extremism was non-existent and religious fundamentalism not allowed.
The effective co-ordination between Collectors and Superintendents of Police in various districts had brought in an 'atmosphere of satisfied calm,' she observed.Ms Jayalalithaa said in the last 19 months, many senational and grave crimes had been unravelled and land grabbing cases detected and being followed up to ensure the victims get back the property. So far, 1,627 cases were registered and properties worth Rs 835.94 crore returned to rightful owners. Similarly, Rs 4,000 crore worth granite mined illegally was being confisicated. Action was being taken for attachment of properties equivalent to Rs 9,783 crore in cases of illegally mined and sold granite. This was all made possible due to the diligent efforts of police securing them pride of place in the country.
On fishermen attacks by Lankan Navy, she said though not a single fisherman lost life so far on this account in 2012, vigil will be maintained to ensure the fishermen's rights were not jeopardised. On PDS, she said the district administration had great responsibility to ensure illegal rice transportation was not permitted across state borders. She also called upon collectors to weed out bogus PDS cards. Ms Jayalalithaa also asked collectors to maintain law and order when elections to Cooperatives are held. The Chief Minister said the Collectors must act as catalysts to make solar energy production a successful people's movement.