Officials told to ensure benefits reach people

Staff Reporter

Free stove and gas connections given away to 192 persons

Welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 69.03 lakh distributed

SALEM: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has requested officials of various departments to ensure that the benefits of government welfare schemes reached all eligible persons.

Participating at a function held in Dathapuram in Edapadi block on Monday, the minister said that the government had introduced a number of schemes including health care programmes for the welfare of the people.

A majority of the schemes were aimed at improving the quality of life of the poor.

The benefits of these schemes should reach the target persons properly. Officials have the responsibility of taking the benefits to the eligible persons.

The minister said that a few irregularities in the implementation of the welfare schemes were reported in the State.

Such issues should not recur in the future. The officials should realise their responsibilities and extend quality services to the people, he said.

Listing out the welfare programmes, Mr. Arumugam said that the government had provided employment opportunities to over 3.53 lakh persons in various departments.

The Kalaignar Insurance Scheme would provide insurance cover to over four crore people in the State.

All the families with an annual income of Rs.72,000 or less are eligible for benefits under the scheme. The government had allotted over Rs. 500 crore for the implementation of the scheme.

TV sets distributed

Later, he distributed free colour television sets to 1,498 families and free stove and gas connections to 192 persons.

He also distributed welfare assistance including old age pension, widow pension, assistance for the differently-abled persons and marriage assistance.

In all, welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 69.03 lakh was distributed to 2,130 beneficiaries.

District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam and senior officials were present.

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