TAMIL NADU

Free colour TV sets to be given in 78 panchayats

Staff Reporter

Over 200 panchayats have already been covered in three years



Dindigul Collector R. Vasuki addresses a special selection committee meeting

Suitable instructions have been given to all officials to prepare list



DINDIGUL: The district administration will cover all village panchayats in the district in distribution of colour television sets in 2009 as it plans to distribute the same to beneficiaries in the rest of 78 panchayats.

It had already covered over 200 panchayats in the past three years, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

She was addressing a special selection committee meeting to identify beneficiaries in the rest of the panchayats here on Friday.

In the first quarter of 2009, all eligible beneficiaries in 30 out of last batch of 78 panchayats would be covered and the rest in subsequent quarters. Identification of beneficiaries would be over on or December 15, 2008, she added.

A selection committee, comprising mass welfare worker, village administrative officer, school headmaster and panchayat president, in each panchayat would identify beneficiaries. Suitable instructions had been given to all officials to prepare the list within the stipulated time to enable people to enjoy the benefits of welfare measure, Ms. Vasuki said.

“The list of beneficiaries from each all these panchayat must reach Collector’s office before the deadline.”

In the first phase, 600 beneficiaries residing at six Samathuvapurams had received colour television sets worth Rs.17.79 lakh. In the second phase, 91,911 beneficiaries in 116 panchayats got the free television sets in 2007 and 1,10,043 beneficiaries in 97 pancyhayats in subsequent phases in 2008. The scheme was launched on September 16, 2006.

Social security scheme

Under farmers’ social security scheme, 2,385 farmers had received various assistances worth Rs.2.82 crore in the past eight months. Identity cards had been given to 3.03 lakh tiny farmers and farm workers so far. Over 9.55 lakh farmers registered themselves as members under this scheme. About 129 members got marriage assistance to the tune of Rs.4.85 lakh, 856 beneficiaries obtained marriage assistance to their wards and 451 received old age pension, she added.