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Record of sorts:Beneficiaries showing their identity cards for Kalaignar Housing Scheme, which they received in Salem district.
Salem: It was a whirlwind tour in four days, covering about 1,000 kilometres to reach out to people in 32 villages and towns in 20 unions in Salem district. The tour's primary objective was to distribute identity cards to 73,606 rural beneficiaries under the Kalaignar Concrete Housing Scheme.
A high profile team, led personally by the Agriculture minister Veerapandi S Arumugam and accompanied by Collector J Chandrakumar and Project Officer, DRDA, K. Varadarajan, took up the onerous job of covering the entire district in four continuous days in which, besides the distribution of ID cards, the minister handed over keys to the owners of 546 completed houses under the first phase of the Chief Minister's pet housing scheme.
The team had covered an average of nearly 250 kilometres per day for this purpose. “It is perhaps a sort of record in Tamil Nadu since Salem district has completed the scheme's first phase in just four days,” a senior official said. Prior to it, officials raced against time for nearly a fortnight to prepare the ID cards for the beneficiaries.
On the first day, 14,970 beneficiaries in the unions of Veerapandi, Panamarathupatti, Salem, Kadayampatti and Omalur were given ID cards followed by 16,079 in the unions of Taramangalam, Konkanapuram, Edapadi, Sankagiri and Magudanchavadi.
The third leg of the tour included Gengavalli, Attur, Pethanaickenpalayam and Talavasal in which 21,993 beneficiaries were given ID cards followed by the fourth and final leg in which 20,564 beneficiaries in Mecheri, Kolathur, Nangavalli, Vazhapadi and Ayothiapattinam received the cards.
“Since the Chief Minister had instructed us (ministers) that ID cards should be given immediately to the beneficiaries, we took up the job and completed the same in record time for which I thank the Collector and his team,” said the minister.
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