A total of 8,475 women have benefited under the marriage assistance scheme introduced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the past two years, said N. Subramanian, Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare. Speaking after distributing cheques to beneficiaries at the collectorate here on Saturday, Mr.Subramanian said that gold weighing 33.900 kg and worth Rs.27.87 crore has been given to 8,475 women. He said that marriage assistance in the form of free gold has infused a sense of confidence among parents belonging to economically weaker sections. C.Manoharan, Collector, said that the scheme aimed at educational and economic uplift of women.
K.Nagarajan, district revenue officer, C.Muthumari, revenue divisional officer, C.Vijayabaskar and V.R.Karthik Thondaiman, MLAs, spoke. Later, the Minister inaugurated the special medical camp for identifying patients under the Chief Minister’s extended health insurance scheme at Killukottai. A number of patients of Kundrandarkovil block benefited.