Tamil Nadu govt. is going to launch TN Pongal Gift Scheme 2021 for poor people. In this scheme, the Tamilnadu government will provide Pongal Gift Hampers to 2.1 crore rice card holders. Each Pongal Gift Hamper will comprise of Rs. 2,500 cash and raw rice and sugar (1 kg each), a five-feet-long sugarcane, cashew and raisins (20 gm each) and cardamom (5 gm).
From 4 January 2021, the gift hampers will be distributed through fair price shops under Tamilnadu govt. Pongal Gift Scheme 2021. The State government has allocated a sum of Rs 5,604.84 crore towards implementing this Rs. 2,500 & Gift Hamper for Rice Card holders. A G.O. issued in this regard said the gift hampers will also be distributed to all Sri Lankan Tamils staying in refugee camps.
These ingredients are used to prepare the sweet dish – Pongal. This Pongal gift is for 2.1 crore families who are ration cardholders in the state. This Pongal gift will cost Rs. 5,604.84 crore to the state government.
Tamil Nadu Government Pongal Gift Scheme 2021
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on 20 December 2020 commenced the distribution of Pongal gift hampers to 2.1 crore rice card holders. At a function held at the Secretariat, members of nine families received the gift hampers comprising a sum of Rs 2,500, raw rice and sugar (1 kg each), a five-feet-long sugarcane, cashew and raisins (20 gm each) and cardamom (5 gm).
From January 4, the gift hampers will be distributed through fair price shops. The State government has allocated a sum of Rs 5,604.84 crore towards implementing this scheme. A G.O. issued in this regard said the gift hampers will also be distributed to all Sri Lankan Tamils staying in refugee camps.
This is for the 3rd time in the history of the state that the govt. provides such a lump sump amount as Pongal gift. Thai Pongal festival would be celebrated b/w 14 to 17 January 2021. Previously the government had given Rs. 100 per family apart from gift hampers in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
TN Govt. Pongal Gift Scheme 2021 – Rs. 2,500 Monetary Assistance
The state govt. of Tamil Nadu is going to distribute gift hampers containing raw rice, sugar, raisins, cashew nut, cardamom and sugarcane to all ration card holder families to celebrate Pongal 2021 festival. In addition to this, a cash support of Rs. 2,500 per family will also be provided for the celebration of harvest festival Pongal. This monetary assistance scheme would be applicable to the entire state.
He added that the authorities will issue the tokens to the cardholders at their doorstep. The public can go to the public distribution outlets on the given date and collect the gift hamper which will have 1 kg of raw rice, 1 kg of sugar, a piece of sugarcane, 20 gram of dry grapes, 20 gram of cashews, five gram of cardamon.
Free Dhoti and Saree Scheme in Tamilnadu
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also commenced the distribution of free saree and dhoti to the needy families for the Pongal festival. In all, 1.8 crore sarees and dhotis procured at a cost of Rs 484.25 crore will be distributed free of cost. Nine families received the sarees and dhotis from the Chief Minister at the Secretariat. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Ministers Sellur K Raju, R Kamaraj and RB Udhayakumar Chief Secretary K Shanmugam and senior officials were present on the occasion.
EPS opens new school buildings
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday inaugurated buildings worth Rs 7.51 crore under the School Education Department, through video conference. According to a statement, he opened classrooms, buildings, labs and toilets constructed at a cost of Rs 5.82 crore at schools in Tenkasi, Nilgiris and Madurai. He also opened classrooms and computer labs worth Rs 1.69 crore in Dindugal under the Samagra Shiksha Scheme.
CM Palaniswami Address on Pongal Gift Scheme Launch
Speaking at Pongal Gift Scheme Launch in Edappadi constituency, Palaniswami said due to the efforts taken by the AIADMK government which follows the path laid by Puratchithalaivar MGR and Puratchithalaivi Amma, the state managed to curb the spread of Covid-19. He also highlighted the various welfare schemes the government has provided to the public and the MOUs the state had signed with the corporate houses and industrial groups that will provide numerous job opportunities to the youngsters. He also spoke about the various initiatives of the state government on water management which helped them bag the ‘Best State Award’ in the Center’s National Water Awards in 2019.
“The election will arrive in another four months. I need to visit all the 234 constituencies. I could have started my campaign after a few days, but before 15 days, the DMK MP Kanimozhi started her campaign in this constituency and placed many false allegations against our government. To prove her allegations wrong and to give her a befitting reply, many AIADMK functionaries and the cadres requested me to start the election campaign from here. Edappadi is AIADMK’s fort. From 1977, after Puratchithalaivar MGR left the DMK and launched his own party, DMK has never won in this constituency. From being an MLA of this constituency, I have been selected as the Chief Minister. Your affection will always be with us. Not just Kanimozhi, even if all the DMK leaders campaign, they won’t succeed. In the 2021 assembly election, the AIADMK–led alliance will win the majority of the seats and retain the power,” Palanisami said.