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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

1,172 free TV sets to be distributed in Tuticorin

Collector R. Palaniyandi has said that the administration had made elaborate arrangements for the second phase of free distribution of colour television sets in the district from February 15.

Speaking to presspersons in Tuticorin on Monday, he said that a 1,172 television sets would be distributed to the poor from one village panchayat at each of the seven Assembly constituencies in the district.

Of the 1,172 beneficiaries identified, 94 were from Rajavinkoil village panchayat (Ottapidaram constituency), 116 from Kumarasakkanapuram (Vilathikulam), 185 from Sinthalakarai (Kovilpatti), 155 from Alikudi (Sattankulam), 159 from Vadakusilukai (Srivaikundam), 104 from Melapudukudi (Tiruchendur) and 359 were from Mullakadu (Tuticorin).

In the subsequent months, we have planned to distribute colour television sets at a rate of 7,000 sets a month, to reach the target of 80,000 envisaged for the district, before December 31," Dr. Palaniyandi said.

On the selection of beneficiaries, he said that the TVs were distributed to ration card holders who did not own a colour television set.

Besides, the beneficiary should be a resident of a village panchayat having power and cable TV connection.

The Collector said that 4,900 free Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) connections would be distributed under `free gas connection scheme' in the district on February 25, as part of the second phase of distribution.

Of them, 700 persons from Tuticorin taluk and 600 each from Srivaikundam, Tiruchendur, Sattankulam, Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Ottapidaram and Ettayapuram taluks, would receive the connection and stove.

Under the third phase of distribution, 2,486 poor persons, who face hardships in cooking by using kerosene and firewood, would be benefited.

Later, the Collector gave away welfare assistance worth Rs 35,000 to three beneficiaries, under various government schemes, at the grievance day meeting at the Collectorate.

Source: The Hindu

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