Department of Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare will sanction cash assistance to those belonging to minority communities for their rehabilitation.

Persons hit by communal violence or who turned physically unfit for employment or economically routed, and those released from jail after committing petty offences are eligible.

A maximum relief of Rs. 10,000 would be given to each beneficiary, Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, said in a release here recently.

Those who turned physically unfit should submit a certificate issued by competent medical officer, while the economically-hit should submit income certificate obtained from revenue authorities.

The annual income for those who had served jail term for petty offences should not exceed Rs.36,000 in urban areas and, Rs.24,000 in rural areas.

Applicants who had served jail term should not be a member of any banned organisation.

Nor any case should be pending against him or her before any court of law.

The applicants should be first time offenders and should be a resident of Tamil Nadu.

Loss of property

Those who lost their house or other property should specify the quantum of loss incurred by them during communal violence and submit documents in support of the same.

Further details can be had from the office of the District Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Officer, the release added.