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Power subsidy extended to lift irrigation farmers' societies

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FULFILLING A PROMISE:Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin handing over the key of a house constructed under the Kalaignar Housing Scheme at a function at Ayyermalai in Karur district.

KULITHALAI: The government has extended power subsidy to all lift irrigation farmers' societies in the State, according to Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. The scheme had come into effect on December 1.

He was addressing a function at Ayyarmalai near here on Wednesday after declaring open buildings, launching schemes, laying foundation stone for projects and disbursing welfare to beneficiaries.

The power subsidy, to the extent of Rs.45 lakh per annum for Karur district, would benefit 11 lift irrigation farmers' societies. An estimated 3,000 families would be benefited.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had considered the long-pending plea of farmers, especially those along the Cauvery, and waived power tariff. The government would bear the cost and pay the subsidy amount directly to the division concerned of the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

Saying that the government was implementing social welfare and development schemes solely for the benefit of the downtrodden and the poor, Mr. Stalin said the well-meaning schemes were put on the backburner during the rule of “others.” If the schemes are to continue the DMK should be returned to power. “All the welfare schemes are being implemented only for the development of people and not with an eye on elections.”

Mr. Stalin laid foundation stone for five schemes with an investment of Rs.77.52 crore and inaugurated projects and schemes worth Rs.12.92 crore. He disbursed government welfare measures worth Rs.20.84 crore to 2,987 beneficiaries.

Among the new projects declared open were new buildings to house the Dr. Kalaignar Government Arts College, Kulithalai, Samathuvapuram at Panayampalayam near Chinnadarapuram at a cost of Rs.2.5 crore, new building to house the Karur Municipality at a cost of Rs.1.45 crore.

Under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Women's Development Corporation, Mr. Stalin extended revolving fund, credit for economic activity and direct lending to 1,150 members of women self-help groups.

He gave away keys of houses to 1,000 beneficiaries under the Kalaignar Housing Scheme.

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