Special Correspondent

SALEM: Agriculture minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam distributed appointment orders to 434 candidates to be appointed as workers and assistants in anganwadi centres.

At a function organised here on Saturday, the minister also issued free house pattas and welfare schemes to 339 beneficiaries at a cost of Rs 3.46 crore. After distributing the schemes, the minister said that so far 6 lakh people had been given jobs in Tamil Nadu since the DMK came to power in 2006. He recalled the ban on employment during the previous AIADMK regime and said that 6378 were given appointment orders in Salem district alone.

Mr. Arumugam further stated that house pattas were given to 206 persons at the value of Rs 3.36 crore. Apart from these schemes, the state had been distributing various other social security schemes such as poor people maintenance, physically handicapped welfare fund and schemes for farmers and farm labourers through the Department of Agriculture, he pointed out.

He asked the anganwadi workers to create awareness among the mothers about the importance of institutional deliveries, nutritional food and personal hygiene.