About 300 patients affected by leprosy will get a monthly financial assistance of Rs.1000 each and the State government has allotted Rs.12.60 lakh for the purpose this year.

The disbursement of sanction orders to the patients was inaugurated by T.P.Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, here on Saturday in the presence of P.Kumar, MP, R.Manoharan, government chief whip, and Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector. The Minister gave away the orders to 191 people.

Mr.Poonachi said about Rs.5.40 crore has been disbursed as monthly assistance to 5,328 differently abled persons, including 4,800 mentally retarded persons and 67 patients with muscular dystrophy, in the district during 2011-12.

The Minister disbursed assistance of Rs.1.08 lakh through the Ex-Servicemen Welfare Department.

The Minister distributed welfare assistance worth Rs.89 lakh under the Farmers Protection Scheme to 2,120 beneficiaries at a function held at Thuraiyur.