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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ponmudy inaugurates rice scheme


VILLUPURAM: Higher Education Minister K.Ponmudy inaugurated the Re.1-a-kg rice scheme at a fair price shop on Dhanalakshmi Garden Street here on Tuesday. He said that in all, 9,27,752 ration card-holders would benefit from the scheme.
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had made the dream scheme of former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader C.N.Annadurai a reality.
The party had given a poll promise that if elected to power, it would make available rice at Rs. 2 a kg through fair price shops. After having fulfilled the promise, the government had further reduced the price to Re. 1 a kg, Mr. Ponmudy said.
As per the new scheme, the entitlements would be as follows: one unit – 12 kg of rice, 1.5 unit – 14 kg, two units – 16 kg, 2.5 units – 18 kg, and three units and above – 20 kg. As regards Villupuram district, the total rice requirement on this score would be 19,266 tonnes a month to be supplied through 1,899 fair price shops.
Mr. Ponmudy said there were 1,541 full-time fair price shops, 300 part-time shops, 50 run by self-help groups and eight retail shops run by women.
If any shortcomings were pointed at, they would be corrected.
The government would also give a package of 10 essential commodities at subsidised rates from October 2. With this, the poor and the downtrodden could fulfil their monthly requirements of essential commodities by spending just Rs 70. Mr. Ponmudy said such a scheme would be a boon to daily wage earners.
He listed out schemes launched for the uplift of the economically weaker sections. A total of 522 Scheduled Caste candidates would soon be appointed as lecturers in government colleges, he added.
Collector R.Palanisamy, MLAs T.Udayasuryan, K.Thirunavukkarasu, A.Angayarkanni, A.Kannan and S.Pushparaj, Deputy Registrar of Cooperatives K.C. Ravichandran, and Villupuram Municipal Chairman K.Janakaraj were present.

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