Under social security scheme in State

: A total of 1.73 crore agriculturists across the State except Chennai had been enrolled under the Tamil Nadu Farmers and Farmhands Social Security Scheme by providing them with 75.93 lakh identity cards, chairman of the Farmers Welfare Board K. Chellamuthu said.

Chairing a meeting held at the Collectorate on Friday to review the progress made in executing the welfare programmes being implemented by the Farmers Welfare Board, Mr. Chellamuthu said a total of 75,93,769 identity cards had been given to 1,73,73,036 farmers and farmhands ever since the scheme was launched on June 30, 2010, and 9,96,415 beneficiaries had received assistance to the tune of Rs. 625 crore for education and marriage of the members' children, medical expenses, natural and accidental death of the members and old age pension.

As the programme was being executed with much vigour in the districts of Tirunelveli (3,05,080 identity cards with 6,03,553 members), Kanyakumari (34,805 cards with 36,319 members), Tuticorin (1,12,283 cards with 2,42,502 members) and Virudhunagar (1,38,326 cards with 2,19,575 members), Rs. 27.15 crore had been disbursed to 46,535 beneficiaries.

Aid handed over

“We should bring all eligible farmers and farmhands under this programme at the earliest so that they will also be benefited,” said Mr. Chellamuthu, who handed over assistance worth Rs. 11.04 lakh to 100 member families.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Revenue Secretary K. Dhanavel said over 7.40 lakh beneficiaries had received free house site pattas in the past four years and another 1.78 lakh families had benefited under the ‘2 acre land scheme'.

Revenue officials had been instructed not to take more than a month for patta transfer.

Collector M. Jayaraman, Director (Land Reforms) A. Mohamed Aslam and revenue officials participated in the review meeting.