TAMIL NADU

Rs.60 lakh for minority welfare

helpful: Vincent Chinadurai, Chairman of Minority Welfare Board, giving away the identity cards for the minority beneficiaries at a meeting in Pudukottai .

helpful: Vincent Chinadurai, Chairman of Minority Welfare Board, giving away the identity cards for the minority beneficiaries at a meeting in Pudukottai .  

Staff Reporter

Rs.25 lakh allotted for individual loans: State Minorities Commission Chairman

PUDUKOTTAI: The Tamil Nadu State Minorities Commission has earmarked Rs.60 lakh to be given as assistance to those belonging to the minority communities in the district, its Chairman Fr. Vincent Chinnadurai said.

Speaking to the media at the end of the commission’s sitting here on Thursday, he said that Rs.25 lakh had been allotted for individual loans and an equal sum to encourage them to start tiny, small and medium industrial units. The balance Rs.10 lakh would be released as educational assistance to students in the community. He pointed out that Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi attached priority for proper and immediate utilisation of funds being sanctioned to the cause of the minority community. Although funds were sanctioned to few other States, due to under-utilisation, they were surrendered.Tamil Nadu ranked first in releasing the assistance. During the current year, the commission would release Rs. 40 crore for various projects, with focus on self-employment activities and individual loans. On the achievement of minority-oriented schemes in the district during the last financial year, Mr. Chinnadurai said that as many as 1.22 lakh Christians and Muslims got assistance to the tune of Rs.1.04 crore.

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