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Utilise subsidy schemes, Adi Dravida women told

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PERAMBALUR, FEB. 16 . Loans and governmental assistance to the tune of Rs.4.25 crores were disbursed to 2,845 beneficiaries belonging to the weaker sections at a function held here yesterday.

A lion's share of Rs.2.22 crores went to 452 self-help groups who got loans for taking up economic activities. This apart, the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation released loans and revolving fund to the tune of Rs.1.28 crores to 86 SHG women members belonging to the Adi Dravidar community. Eight farmers got power tillers with a subsidy released by the Agriculture Department.

The highlight of the assistance was the assignment of wasteland to self-help groups under the `Comprehensive Wasteland Development Scheme'. The wasteland in Kalpadi and V.Kalathur were handed over on a long lease to members of the SHGs for taking up remunerative agricultural operation.

The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, A. Arunachalam, appealed to Adi Dravida women to take advantage of the subsidy-based special scheme to purchase agricultural land and improve farm land. Each beneficiary would be eligible for a subsidy component of Rs.one lakh, he added.

Presiding over the function, the Collector said under the Swarnajayanti Grama Swarozgar Yojana scheme, loans had been released to the SHGs for taking up economic activities. While the commercial banks had sanctioned Rs.1.52 crores to 231 SHGs, the cooperative banks had disbursed Rs.70 lakhs to 221 groups.

He said the district administration would accord top priority for the economic uplift of SHG members. Eight ration shops had been allotted to the SHG members. Tie-up arrangement had been reached between the Nutritious Noon Meal Centres and SHGs producing powdered kitchen-allied provisions, for ensuring an assured income generation, he added.

The president of the District Panchayat Council, P. Thavaseelan, the District Revenue Officer, V.Krishnamurthy, the MLAs, P.Rajarathinam, P.Ilavazhagan and S.Annadurai, were among those who spoke.

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