TAMIL NADU

Govt. gives priority to education: Minister

Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: Education was high in the list of priorities of the State Government, said Minister for Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare S. Karupasamy, while distributing pattas to SC and ST beneficiaries here on Thursday.

Education provided a foundation for the overall development of SC and ST communities, he said and added that as much as 70 per cent of the total allocation for the sector was spent on education.

It was the intention of the Chief Minister to provide a level playing field to children from the downtrodden sections of the society.

A number of schemes were implemented to ensure that they not only finished their school education but also went for higher education, he said.

On the occasion, Tourism Minister A. Miller said that the amount allotted by the Government for helping the poor was not reduced despite financial constraints.

Since the Government was keen on raising the status of women, self-help groups were encouraged in many ways. There were now more than one lakh groups with about 34 lakh members.

The Nilgiris Collector C. Vijayaraj Kumar, who presided, said that since 2001 the Government had given subsidy to the tune of Rs. 4.21 crores to Adi Dravidar beneficiaries here under the TAHDCO scheme.

The Ministers distributed welfare assistance worth Rs. 52 lakhs to 293 persons.

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