About 1.75 crore agricultural workers and small farmers had registered their names with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Workers Welfare Board and nearly Rs.583 crore had been disbursed as assistance to about eight lakh farm workers in the State, said K.Chellamuthu, Chairman of Tamil Nadu Agricultural Workers Welfare Board, here on Tuesday.

Mr Chellamuthu who along with Collector M.Vijayakumar reviewed the implementation of various schemes, including social security and welfare for the agricultural workers in Perambalur , said The State government is implementing several welfare schemes for the benefit of agricultural workers in the State.

He said farmers having wetland of below two acres and dry land less than five acres were eligible to join as members of the welfare board and avail of all the benefits . He said the members of the board and their wards were entitled to get special training in operating all agricultural implements. He also distributed welfare assistance of Rs.28.38 lakh to 163 farmers and agricultural workers at the meeting.

Collector M.Vijayakumar, who presided over the meeting, said about 2.74 lakh agricultural workers had registered their names with the board of which identity cards were issued to nearly 1.16 lakh farm workers and small farmers in the district under the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Workers-Farmers Social Security Scheme of 2006.

S.Palanisamy, District Revenue Officer and S.Balusamy, Revenue Divisional Officer attended .