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Fifth phase of Annadanam scheme begins

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: State Minister for Backward Classes S.M. Velusamy, along with Collector S. Kosalaraman, inaugurated the fifth phase of Annadanam scheme at Udumalpet Mariamman Temple on Sunday.

In the first four phases, the scheme was launched in 15 major temples in the district. The Udumalpet temple is the 16th temple, a press release from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments said on Sunday.

From March 23, 2002 to October 31, 2005, as many as 20,31,425 persons benefited in the 15 temples.

The HR&CE received Rs. 277.95 lakhs as contributions for the scheme of which Rs. 250.75 lakhs was spent.

So far 136 endowments were instituted for the scheme with Rs. 15,000 each as contribution for the corpus fund. The total corpus fund for the scheme stood at Rs. 29,31,638 in the district.

In all the temples where the scheme was under implementation, classes were conducted every Sunday for children on religion, moral values and ethics.

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