TAMIL NADU

Self-help groups get loans

PONDICHERRY, AUG. 1. The Pondicherry Local Administration Minister, A. Elumalai, has said the administration had drawn up plans to encourage 75 more self-help groups with bank loans to start dairy projects in the Union Territory as was promised by the Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, in the Assembly.

Distributing Rs 1.5 crores as loans to 140 self-help groups under a scheme at Ariyur near here on Saturday, Mr. Elumalai said the poor and the have-nots were being helped for their economic betterment by banks.

Mr. Elumalai also called upon the beneficiaries of the loan scheme, launched by Indian Bank, to use them properly.

Self-help groups functioning at Ariyoor, Villianoor, Kariamanickam, Tirukanur, Kirumampakkam, and Ariyankupptam were given the loan.

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