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Aid for reformed bootleggers

Staff Reporter

KARUR: The district administration and the police are keen on weaning away bootleggers from the clandestine trade and help them turn a new leaf in their life, the Superintendent of Police, K. Shankar, said here on Monday.

Addressing a meeting in which 50 reformed bootleggers were extended credit to the tune of Rs. 10,88,500, Mr. Shankar however cautioned the reformed offenders that the watchful eyes of the law would be on them constantly so that they carry on the business for which they had sought loans.

"You may get easy money through illicit brew but the cost you would have to pay is peace of mind and the secure future of your family", he reminded the prohibition offenders and urged those who were still carrying on to turn to better means of living. Mr. Shankar called upon those who had secured loans to repay them in time.

The Collector, A. Karthik, said already a total 71 reformed prohibition offenders had been extended a loan of Rs. 7.10 lakhs in the past three months.

While 300 petitions from reformed offenders were pending before the administration, the Collector said he would try and secure loans for the rest of the applicants.

Mr. Karthik said that half the amount would be provided as subsidy and the rest as soft loans under various schemes from the TAHDCO, District Rural Development Agency and the Cooperatives.

Most of them extended credit at Monday's function had sought loans for buying milch animals or setting up petty shops in their areas.

The District Revenue Officer, M. Mathivanan, the Project Officer, the Additional SPs, Rajendran and Sittrarasu, the District Rural Development Officer, T. Kannan, the DSP, Soundararajan, the Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, S. Karikalan, the TAHDCO General Manager, M. Ponnusamy, and the Lead District Manager, Monaoharan, were among those present on the occasion.

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