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Distribution of free dhotis and saris begins

Madurai Bureau

Drinking water crisis to be over on completion of Rs.5- crore water project, says Minister Mohideen Khan

— Photos: A. Shaikmohideen and N. Rajesh

FOR A JOYOUS FESTIVAL:Minister for Environment, Sports and Youth Welfare TPM. Mohideen Khan in Tirunelveli and (right) Social Welfare Minister Geetha Jeevan in Tuticorin distributing of free Pongal hampers and saris and dhotis on Saturday.

— Photos: A. Shaikmohideen and N. Rajesh

FOR A JOYOUS FESTIVAL:Minister for Environment, Sports and Youth Welfare TPM. Mohideen Khan in Tirunelveli and (right) Social Welfare Minister Geetha Jeevan in Tuticorin distributing of free Pongal hampers and saris and dhotis on Saturday.

TIRUNELVELI: Distribution of free dhotis and saris to over 14 lakh beneficiaries in the district in view of Pongal celebrations that began here on Saturday with Minister for Environment, Youth Welfare and Sports T.P.M. Mohideen Khan formally inaugurating the distribution at Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli district.

Presiding over a function held at Salai Street in Vannarpet, Collector M. Jayaraman said that 7.07 lakh free saris and 6.98 lakh dhotis would be distributed to the beneficiaries before January 10 as extensive arrangements had been made for the purpose.

Mr. Mohideen Khan said that water crisis prevailing in wards 8, 9 and 10 would become a thing of the past when ongoing work on the Rs. 5-crore drinking water project was completed.

At another function organised at Samathanapuram to distribute free Pongal gift hampers to beneficiaries in the presence of the Minister, Dr. Jayaraman said that 8.16 lakh gift hampers would be distributed to poor people.

Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies K.G. Madhavan, Deputy Registrar Rajendran, Palayamkottai tahsildar Sankarasubramanian, Palayamkottai Zone chairman Suba. Seetharaman and a couple of corporation councillors participated in the functions.

Tuticorin

People in Tuticorin district also received free Pongal hamper on Saturday. Inaugurating the distribution at a function held at a fair price shop in Polepettai in Tuticorin, Social Welfare Minister P. Geetha Jeevan said that all ration card holders were eligible to receive it. The hamper comprised rice, jaggery, cashew nuts and raisins.

Free dhotis and saris were also distributed through fair price shops across the district. Ms. Jeevan said that the State government led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was extending a slew of welfare measures to improve the standard of living of the poor.

Listing various welfare assistance programmes, she said that all people in the State were enjoying the benefits. Out of 4.56 lakh ration cards, dhotis and saris would be given to 3.21 lakh card holders, she said.

Presiding over the programme, Collector C.N. Maheswaran said that the staff had been instructed to distribute the goods without any delay. In case of grievance over receiving Pongal hamper or dhoti or sari, people could contact 0461 2341471. he said.

Standing in a queue, people waited for their turn to receive the commodities at the function. District Revenue Officer D. Ravichandran Mayor R. Kasthuri Thangam and others were present.

Nagercoil

Collector Rajendra Ratnoo inaugurated distribution of free saris and dhotis at the office of the Village Administrative Officer at Vadiveeswaram in Nagercoil on Saturday.

Later speaking to presspersons, he said that the district administration had appointed four officials to monitor distribution of free saris and dhotis in the four taluks of Agastheeswaram, Thovalai, Kalkulam and Vilavancode.

As many as 89,368 dhotis and 87,868 saris would be distributed in Agastheeswaram taluk, 25,601 dhotis and 24,409 saris in Thovalai taluk, 1,51,294 dhotis and 1,50,518 saris in Kalkulam taluk and 1,51,295 dhotis and 1,48,754 saris in Vilavancode taluk, he said.

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