The Government Engineering College in Bodinaickanur would be shifted to its own buildings from the next academic year, said Finance Minister O. Paneerselvam.

He disbursed welfare aid to women at Ernampatti in Chinnamanur union on Saturday. The Minister said that the State government had sanctioned Rs.98 lakh for the construction of the college buildings and the work was in full swing.

Outlining the efforts being taken by the State government for education, he said that freebies such as laptops, bicycles, uniform material and stationery items had helped poor rural students have most if the facilities enjoyed by their counterparts in urban areas. Marriage assistance to graduate women was more than what was given for those who completed SSLC or HSC. It was offered as an incentive to girls so that they would opt for higher studies. It would also result in improving the women literacy rate in the State, he pointed out. Later, Mr. Panneerselvam distributed fans, mixers and grinders worth Rs.1.14 crore to 2,080 beneficiaries belonging to 10 villages in the Chinnamanur union.

Dindigul

A sum of Rs.450 crore had been allotted for Dindigul district to augment drinking water supply to urban and rural areas, said Minister for Power R. Viswanathan.

The Minister laid the foundation stone for laying a new road to Thethampatti and distributed welfare aid.

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