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State Government earmarks Rs. 11.47 crore: Minister

Government scheme:Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edapadi K. Palaniswamy (third right) distributing milch animals to tribal and hill dwellers at Karumandurai village in Salem district on Saturday. Collector K. Maharabushanam is in the picture.
Government scheme:Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edapadi K. Palaniswamy (third right) distributing milch animals to tribal and hill dwellers at Karumandurai village in Salem district on Saturday. Collector K. Maharabushanam is in the picture.

A total of 43, 848 sheep that were given free to beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s scheme, have given birth to 7, 916 new ones in 19 months in Salem district, said Highways Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy.

Distributing milch animals such as sheep and cows to tribals at Karumandurai village in Yercaud Assembly constituency on Saturday, the Minister said that the total value of animals that were distributed so far was Rs. 13.98 crore. Nearly 10, 000 eligible beneficiaries were benefitted from this scheme that had enhanced the livelihood resources of poor and needy in the State, he pointed out.

The Minister also said that free mixies, grinders and fans were distributed to 1.20 lakh card holders in the district during last year while another 1.62 lakh card holders would received the same this year. Last year 5,800 received house site pattas of whom 800 were Dalit beneficiaries. He said that despite Chief Minister’s request to allot kerosene, the Central government had not heeded to this. “Hence there is some delay in the distribution of kerosene in outlets of Public Distribution System,” he said.

He said that a sum of Rs. 11.47 crore had been earmarked to upgrade the hill roads in Salem district while a total sum of Rs. 110 crore had been sanctioned to upgrade all roads in the district. He also distributed free cows to 170 beneficiaries at the value of Rs 37.50 lakh and 748 sheep to 187 beneficiaries.

Collector K Maharabushanam Presided. Officials including District Revenue Officer N Prasanna Venkatersan, RDO P Muthuramalingam, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry P Jayaraman and others took part.

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