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TALE OF WOE: Residents of South Veerapandiapuram making a representation to the Tuticorin Collector R. Palaniyandi on Monday. Photo: N. Rajesh
TALE OF WOE: Residents of South Veerapandiapuram making a representation to the Tuticorin Collector R. Palaniyandi on Monday. Photo: N. Rajesh

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Welfare aid worth Rs.21.8 lakh disbursed Regarding partiality in distribution of TV sets

Tuticorin: Collector R. Palaniyandi said that welfare assistance worth Rs. 21.8 lakh was distributed to 1,336 physically challenged persons in the district during the last financial year (2006-07).

Speaking to the reporters here on Monday, he said that of them, 625 beneficiaries received educational aid to the tune of Rs. 3,44,300 and 325 persons with extreme deformity got rehabilitation assistance of Rs. 12,67,500.

He said that credit-linked subsidy was disbursed to 23 persons last fiscal, to enhance their self-employment potential.

The remaining beneficiaries received marriage assistance, bus passes and financial aid to establish petty shops, under government sponsored schemes.

Dr. Palaniyandi said that national identity cards were distributed to 10,575 physically challenged persons, so far, out of the total 15,896 persons identified in the district.

Of the 15,896 physically challenged persons, 960 were blind, 459 were partially blind, 183 were leprosy cured, 1,978 were deaf, 8,773 had orthopaedic deformity, 1,842 were mentally challenged, 589 were mentally ill and the rest were classified into `others' category.

He added that loans worth Rs. 1.95 crore was disbursed to 502 unemployed youth under Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana during the last fiscal.

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The Collector said that a team headed by a Deputy Collector would be constituted immediately to look into the allegations raised by the residents of South Veerapandiapuram on Monday against the governance of their panchayat president.

The villagers had alleged that the panchayat president had shown partiality during the identification of beneficiaries for the free colour television distribution scheme of the State Government.

The public had also raised complaints regarding the distribution of drinking water and certain land issues, which according to them remain unsolved despite taken to the notice of the panchayat president.

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