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TIRUVANNAMALAI: Ten Adi Dravidar girls are currently being trained to become pilots at the cost of Rs.10 lakh each, while 50 Adi Dravidar girls are being trained to become air hostesses at the total cost of Rs. one crore, on behalf of the Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare, Food Minister E.V. Velu has said.

He was presiding over a function got up in connection with the inauguration of a backward classes welfare students’ hostel in Thandrambattu panchayat in Tiruvannamalai district on Monday. Mr. Velu said the training programme was born out of the desire of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to provide opportunities to Adi Dravidar girls to become pilots and air hostesses.

Employment

A total of 11.42 lakh people had got employment through the setting up of 18,481 new industries in the State in the last two years, he said.

Tiruvannamalai district had received an allotment of Rs.5.35 crore for the construction of hostels for students belonging to the Adi Dravidars, the Backward Classes (BCs) and the Most Backward Classes (MBCs). Out of this, a sum of Rs.4.60 crore had so far been spent. The BC students’ welfare hostel, which was inaugurated at Thandrambattu on Monday, was built at the cost of Rs.31.5 lakh.

Land pattas

Free land pattas had been distributed to 6,100 people in Tiruvannamalai district.

The beneficiaries included 287 in Thandrambattu taluk. Another 181 beneficiaries were provided land pattas at the function. Old age pension had been given to 96,106 people in Tiruvannamalai district, including 3,618 in Thandrambattu.

Suba Thangavelan, Minister for Housing, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, inaugurated the BC students’ welfare hostel. He and Mr. Velu distributed community certificates to 37 students, loans to the tune of Rs.97.30 lakh to women’s self-help groups, and marriage assistance of Rs.15, 000 each to 26 girls under the Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammayar Scheme. M. Rajendran, Tiruvannamalai Collector, T. Venugopal, Tirupattur MP, G. Thamarai, District Revenue Officer, and M. Panneerselvam, chairman, Thandrambattu panchayat union, spoke.

Pakkirisamy, District Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Officer (in charge), welcomed the gathering. R. Thangaprakasam, executive engineer, Public Works Department, read out the project report.

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