Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will inaugurate the Rs 2,000 special financial assistance scheme for people below poverty line on former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's birth annniversary on 24 February. It is learnt that the amount will be deposited in the bank accounts of the people. It is said the money will deposited in the account of all the beneficiaries by 28 February.
Palaniswami, making an announcement in the Assembly on recently, said taking into account that the poor in several districts were affected by cyclone Gaja, failure of rains and drought, the government has decided to give Rs 2,000 as special assistance to BPL families. He said the outlay for this will be Rs 1,200 crore and will be made in the supplementary demands for grants to be made this fiscal. In all, 35 lakh BPL families in rural areas and 25 lakh BPL families in urban areas will benefit from this assistance.
The beneficiaries would include farm labourers, workers in the fireworks industry, powerloom and handloom sectors, fishermen and construction workers among others, said the CM.
Last week, a brief function was held at the State Secretariat in Chennai, to mark Palaniswami completing two years in the office. Ministers and officials greeted the CM. Ministers garlanded Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. On the occasion, two publications and a compact disc, containing details regarding accomplishments of the government headed by Palaniswami, were released.