TAMIL NADU

17,025 free LPG connections to be given in Villupuram

Special Correspondent

12,210 connections to be distributed in Cuddalore district

VILLUPURAM: Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi gave away free gas stoves along with Liquefied Petroleum Gas connections to 1,206 beneficiaries at a function held at Government Girls' Higher Secondary School here on Monday.

The Minister said a total number of 17,025 free gas connections, costing Rs 3.22 crore, would be distributed to the poor and the needy in the district by March 31.

He said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had launched the scheme to ameliorate the lot of women who were slogging in the kitchens with fuelwood and kerosene. The Minister said gas stoves would make the household chores easier, but women should exercise caution in handling the stoves.

Just by turning the knob, the burners could be lit, and hence, women should take precautionary measures to keep children away from the stove.

Collector Brajendra Navnith said that before handing over the stoves, a committee was examining the safety aspects of the households. The stoves were being given only to those habitations that were equipped with three-metre long stage and a ventilator in the kitchen.

Mr. Navnith said the committee had found that 25 to 30 per cent of households fell short of these stipulations, and hence, they had been directed to put in place these facilities.

Those, who participated in the function, included MLAS, T. Udhayasuryan, S. Pushparaj, V. Kannan, K. Tirunavukkarasu, P. Senthamil Selvan and V. A. T. Kalivaradhan, R.Ramani, General Manager, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, V. S. Vasunthara Devi, district panchayat Chairman, R.Janakaraj, Villupuram Municipal Chairman, and K.Chandrasekharan, District Revenue Officer.

Cuddalore

In Cuddalore, Backward Classes Welfare Minister M. R. K. Panneer Selvam distributed gas stoves to 1,000 beneficiaries.

The gas stoves would lessen their burden, and therefore, he called upon the beneficiaries to carefully handle the stoves.

It had been proposed to give away 12,210 free gas connections in the district within three months.

District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo said the Government was bearing the expenses of stoves, tubes, and gas connections.

Those who participated in the function included E. Ponnuswami, MP, G. Aiyappan, D. Ravikumar and Saba Rajendran, MLAs, District Panchayat Chairman R. Silambuselvi, Cuddalore Municipal Chairman T. Thangaraj, and District Revenue Officer Hastings Hope.

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