Farmers from Kovilpatti and Vilathikulam have been extended welfare assistance through Uzhavar Paadhukappu Thittam on Sunday. Tourism Minister S.P. Shanmuganathan distributed it to beneficiaries in the presence of Collector M. Ravikumar.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was keen on extending welfare schemes to farmers, the Minister said. According to a statement, assistance to the tune of Rs.8 lakh was provided to 126 beneficiaries in Vilathikulam and Rs.3.58 lakh to 61 beneficiaries in Kovilpatti.
The beneficiaries were provided with marriage assistance, educational assistance, besides accident relief and natural death assistance. The Collector said 45,000 beneficiaries had been included under the Uzhavar Paadhukappu Thittam over the last 10 days at special camps.
Besides, 2.50 lakh people were enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in Tuticorin district. Hence, more farmers eligible for availing assistances should enrol under the scheme, he said.
As for special camps organised under the Amma Thittam, 9,530 petitions had so far been received and 4, 454 petitions were accepted, the Collector said.
C. Raju, Kovilpatti MLA, G.V. Markandeyan, Vilathikulam MLA, K. Vijaya Karthikeyan, Sub-Collector, Kovilpatti, and local body representatives took part in the function.