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Airhostess training for girls: Minister

NAGAPATTINAM: Priority is being given to the welfare of students of backward classes in implementing projects and schemes for their development, Minister for Backward Classes M.R.K. Panneerselvam said here on Thursday.

Inaugurating three hostels (two for boys and one for girls) for the students at Vedaranyam and one at Ayakaranpulam, each built at a cost of Rs.31.50 lakh, he said the Government had decided to give airhostess training exclusively for girls hailing from the backward classes.

A sum of Rs.2 crore had been allocated for the purpose.

The Government provided industrial training to 16,000 BC students this year. The training would be given this year too at various places in the district.

The Minister, who distributed free colour television sets to 918 beneficiaries at Marudur, touched upon the welfare schemes introduced by the DMK Government including free house site pattas, free LPG stoves and gas connection and distribution of rice at Rs. two per kg in the fair price shops.

Collector Tenkasi S. Jawahar, who presided over the function, said it was decided to give 10,000 free colour television sets in each of the six Assembly segments in the district this year. About 75 per cent of the television sets had so far been distributed.

Vedaranyam MLA S.K. Vedarathinam and others spoke.