5 February 2007

Local News

Tourist Vehicles
Tiruvannamalai Municipal Council has decided not to collect entry fees for tourist vehicles coming into Tiruvannamalai on all full moon days (Poornimas) and also during the annual 10-day Karthigai Deepam festival. The waiver for all vehicle entry fees would come into effect from April 1, 2007.

3rd Police Station at Tiruvannamalai
An additional Police Station will start functioning in Tiruvannamalai from February 2, 2007 making it the third Police Station in Tiruvanamalai after the Town Police Station and Taluk Police Station and the 36th in Tiruvannamalai District.

The new station will have one inspector, three sub inspectors, and 52 constables with a jurisdiction from Saron, Barathi Nagar in Tirukoilur Road, including Kilnathur, Head Post Office, Mathalanguala Streets and Muthuvinayagar Koil Street up to the Bus Stand. From there it will cover Vellore Road and areas on the right side of the road up to the (soon to be costructed) bypass road. The Collectorate, District Police Office and Taluk office complex would also fall under the jurisdiction of the new station.

Post Office Micro-Credit Scheme
In a new scheme, the Postal Department will be lending micro-credit to members of self help groups (SHGs). The programme named 'SHG-Post Office Linkage' will be implemented in Tiruvannamalai, Pudukottai and Sivaganga in the Tiruvannamalai District. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be financing the programme.

But, whereas in the case of commercial banks, where NABARD refinance the banks after they actually lend out loans to beneficiaries, in the case of Post Offices, NABARD will directly lend the amount to SHGs and hence, the repayment would also directly go to NABARD

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