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Pongal gift of dhotis, saris for old age pensioners

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Feb '07
Under Pongal gift scheme, the government has started distribution of 2.7 crore dhotis and saris since January 1 to old age pensioners, with supply of uniforms to school students to be decided shortly.

Distribution of ten lakh saris and two lakh dhotis to old age pensioners will be completed within a week, according to a senior official of the Textiles department.

A high-level meeting to be held next week will finalise details of distributing school uniforms to sixty-two lakh students of standard first to eighth.

Government had decided to provide 3.28 crore saris and dhotis for the Pongal scheme of which orders for production of 2.7 crore dhotis and saris had already been placed and shortfall being met from existing stock.

The Pongal scheme is god-send as it will provide continuous employment to almost 11,000 handloom weavers and 23,000 powerloom weavers.


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