The Tamil Nadu Agriculture Workers Welfare Board has so far disbursed Rs. 654,95,09,791 to 8,29,180 agriculture workers across the district since the inception of the board in December 2006, K. Chellamuthu, Chairman of the Board, said here on Thursday.

Mr. Chellamuthu reviewed the progress of the welfare schemes implemented through the board with the officials concerned with various departments at the Collectorate. After the review meeting, he told reporters that as many as 1,74,07,332 persons were enrolled in the welfare board (except Chennai). Of this, 76,27,777 family cards were distributed to the workers.

A maximum of Rs. 512.37 crore was distributed to 5,03,572 beneficiaries through the Revenue Department and Rs. 143 crore welfare assistance was distributed through education and health departments to 3,25,606 beneficiaries.

The officials were told to enrol eligible agricultural workers in the welfare board and extend the welfare assistance to the members as quickly as possible. For this, the administration was advised to conduct special camps to create awareness on enrolment and welfare schemes among the agricultural workers.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has enhanced the monthly pension scheme for the old age people.Later, he also gave away welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 8,06,500 to 79 beneficiaries.

V.P. Rajan, Vice-Chairman, Agriculture Workers Welfare Board, V. Arun Roy, Collector, and C. Prakasam, District Revenue Officer, participated in the meeting.