Coimbatore: R Suganth and Adithya, both Class IX dropouts, had a surprise visitor to their houses at Dhandapani Thottam at Madukkarai on Wednesday. It was district collector Kranthi Kumar Pati.
Pati, accompanied by a battery of government officials, visited the houses of the two dropouts to find out the reason for their absence.
As the boys stood stumped, the collector explained the need for education and asked them to get back to the classroom.Finally, the boys agreed to resume their studies. The collector’s next visit was to the houses of Prasanna and Priyadharshini, who did not pursue higher education after completing Class XII. After a bit of coaxing, the two also promised to join polytechnic.
The collector’s visit was part of ‘Ungalai Thedi, Ungal Ooril,’ the state government’s mass outreach programme, under which district collectors would visit rural areas and stay there for 24 hours to identify and rectify the problems faced by the people.
As part of the third edition of the scheme, the collector, along with corporation commissioner M Sivaguru Prabhakaran and other senior officials, visited Madukkarai on the day. Along with the visits to the houses of the dropouts, the collector inspected the construction of Madukkarai municipality office, electric crematorium and a commercial complex. He later visited the government hospital, anganwadi centre, veterinary hospital, ration shops and government schools in the locality.

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