Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
The Hindu
The Hindu
The Hindu Bureau

Filariasis and kala-azar wiped out: officials at Navakeralam review meeting

Fourteen facilities in Kollam have been upgraded to National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) under Aardram Mission while filariasis and kala-azar (black fever) have been wiped out from the district, says officials at a review meeting of various missions coming under the Navakeralam Action Plan.

Through Punalur Bhavana scheme under LIFE Mission, 44 families were given flats while 63 more beneficiaries will be provided housing through another project at Anchal that is nearing completion. It was also observed at the meeting that the construction of school buildings on par with international standards under Vidya Kiranam project was completed faster than expected.

The plan for the first phase of the water budget has been completed. The project aims to rejuvenate waterbodies, repair and construct reservoirs. Water quality testing labs have been started in the district and the project ensures the quality of groundwater by setting up water testing facilities in the chemistry labs of higher secondary schools in the district. For the first time in the state, Kareepra panchayat will launch a project to ensure water availability by pumping water from quarries using solar pumps.

According to officials, 95% of the people were given employment in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Kollam also continues to be in the top position when it comes to Aadhaar-linked wage disbursal. The meeting chaired by district panchayat president P.K. Gopan discussed the progress of the projects and planned future programmes for the next six months. Block Panchayat President Association district president K. Harshakumar and the coordinators of various projects attended the meeting.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.