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CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Saturday sanctioned Rs.18,72,500 as assistance for 106 visually impaired students for higher studies.

The funds would be used for distributing cash awards to them.

An official release here referred to the announcement in the budget for 2006-2007 that the Government would provide cash awards, besides bearing the expenses for the higher studies of the visually impaired students who occupied the first three places in the districts and the State level in the public examinations for Standard X and Standard XII.

The Government announced assistance for 63 visually impaired students who scored the first three ranks in Standard X and 43 students belonging to Standard XII in the public examinations held in March and April 2006, the release added.

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