Staff Reporter

''Efforts on to keep the issue price of ration rice under check despite severe financial strain, drought and the successive floods''

KARUR: The Backward Classes Welfare Minister, S. M. Velusamy, launched the distribution of free dhoti and sarees to the downtrodden sections of society in Karur district on the occasion of Pongal. Over 2.70 lakh people would benefit, he said at a programme got up at Emur near here to mark the launch of the distribution.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Velusamy observed that the State Government had increased the total number of beneficiaries under the scheme to 3.28 crores from 2.78 crores.

All the welfare schemes were being tailor-made to uplift the weaker sections of the society, he said.

The Minister specifically pointed out that the State Government has taken strenuous efforts to keep the issue price ration rice under check despite severe financial strain, drought and the floods.

Similarly, quality has been ensured as regards the commodities being distributed at the fair price shops.

Stating that the free distribution of dhoti and sarees not only benefited the recipients but also poor weavers such as those in Palladam where 50 per cent of the families were engaged in weaving to make a living, Mr. Velusamy said farmers should come forward to utilise the benefits of the Farmers' Social Security Scheme.

Annadhanam

Annadhanam scheme has been extended to three more temples in Karur district from the Pongal day.

The temples where the scheme was being implemented from the Pongal day are the Sri Balasubramania Swamy temple at Vennamalai, the Sellandiamman temple and the Kadambar koil, Kulithalai

The Krishnarayapuram MLA, Sasikala Ravi, participated at the inauguration of the scheme at the Kulithalai temple and distributed food to mark the launch of the scheme.

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