Economy

Public participation – key to Tirupur's success

R. Vimal Kumar | Updated on February 15, 2011

Mr C. Samayamoorthy, Tirupur District Collector. Photo: K. Ananthan   -  THE HINDU



When taking over as the first District Collector of Tirupur district two years ago, it was a road ahead of challenges for Mr C. Samayamoorthy as he had to manage the regrouping of staff in different departments from Coimbatore and Erode districts, from which the Tirupur district was carved out, as well as chalk out action plans to improve basic amenities.

Looking back, Mr Samayamoorthy is a satisfied man as developments in infrastructure front and in other sectors such as education, rural development, tourism, health, agriculture and banking had been gaining the desired pace since the formation of the district on February 22, 2009.

In a chat with The Hindu and Business Line, Mr Samayamoorthy, an officer from 2002-batch of Indian Administrative Service, listed out the achievements in the last two years and the goals set for the coming years.

Public participation

“We are encouraging public participation in every possible segment, which holds key in the development activities, since the district is predominantly an industry-driven region,” told Mr Samayamoorthy.

According to him, already the efforts taken under public private partnership (PPP) mode has resulted in the district getting some fabulous recreational facilities such as the boating facilities at Aandipalayam irrigation tank and Amaravathy dam and parks in the city outskirts.

Besides this, employment was extended by the administration to many differently-abled persons and unemployed youth with the help of private sector.

Similarly in the education sector, the administration, with the involvement of parent teacher associations, had introduced a novel concept of carrying out monthly exposure trips for school students to places such as Top Slip and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Coimbatore, to help the youth realise the importance develop a sense of nature conservation.

Agriculture

On the agriculture sector, mechanisation process was augmented to overcome the shortage of labour.

“We are also extending support to the farmers practice System of Rice Intensification to multiply rice production from the district,” he said.

Mr Samayamoorthy said steps were being taken to complete the expansion of roads that could take freight movement from Tirupur knitwear cluster to Tuticorin port at the earliest. Likewise, the road that link NH-47 and NH-67 is being widened for speedier truck movement.

Published on February 15, 2011

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