: A total of 1, 500 beneficiaries were given freebies, including electric fans, food mixers and wet grinders, at a programme organised here on Saturday.
S.T. Chellapandian, Labour Minister, distributed them, in the presence of Collector Ashish Kumar.
People from all walks of life had been benefitted from the welfare schemes such as free distribution of livestock under free cattle scheme to the rural poor, laptops, uniform sets, notebooks, bus pass and educational assistance to students of government schools.
A total of 1,41,000 fans, food mixers and wet grinders were earmarked for distribution until the end of the fiscal 2013 and so far 69,118 fans, 83,275 food mixers and 62,964 grinders had been distributed to the beneficiaries, he said.
As for Tuticorin assembly constituency, 26,000 sets of such freebies were set aside and 10,000 beneficiaries had benefitted from it as of now. Besides, identity cards were issued to 40 labourers enrolled for welfare boards.
N. Chinnadurai, Chairman of the District Panchayat, P. Xavier, Deputy Mayor, Alwarammal, Tuticorin Tahsildar, and others attended.