A loan mela organised by the district administration evoked good response from students to pursue professional and higher studies. Loan amount to the tune of Rs.810.34 lakh was extended to 655 students at a programme scheduled at five taluks — Tuticorin, Tiruchendur, Ottapidaram, Kovilpatti and Etayapuram — on Saturday, according to a statement.

S.P. Shanmuganthan, Tourism Minister, disbursed the loan amount in Tuticorin and Tiruchendur in the presence of Collector M. Ravikumar. In Tuticorin taluk alone, loan of Rs.294 lakh was sanctioned to 167 students.

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