As many as 145 beneficiaries out of the 246 selected through a personal interview conducted for the Dalits living in three colonies in Naikkankottai village by the officials of the District Industries Centre (DIC), Manager, Lead Bank and District Manager, Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Ltd. (TAHDCO) from January 3 to 5 would be given loan to the tune of Rs. 2.09 crore including the subsidy portion of Rs. 75 lakh soon, according to a press release that was issued here by District Collector R. Lilly here on Thursday. The press release said that out of the total applicants of 327, only 246 eligible beneficiaries were selected for disbursing loan with subsidy by TAHDCO. The first batch of 101 beneficiaries was given Rs. 1.69 crore including a subsidy of Rs. 50.03 lakh on February 17. With a view to improving the livelihood of 327 Dalit families affected in the November 7, 2012 violence unleashed by caste-Hindus, the district administration arranged on December 11 last year in association with the District Industries Centre, Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Ltd. and bankers to extend loans for starting self-employment.

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