Jayalalithaa announces Rs.300 crore Pongal gift

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:53 hrs

Chennai: Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday announced that Rs.100 cash and one kg each of rice and sugar would be distributed to the 1.84 crore ration card holders in Tamil Nadu to celebrate the Pongal harvest festival.

In a statement issued here Jayalalithaa, referring to the bad monsoon, said: "A special Pongal pack containing one kilo of raw rice worth Rs.20, one kilo of sugar worth Rs.40 and a cash of Rs.100 for purchase of other items will be given to 1.84 crore ration card holders who are eligible to buy rice."

She said the project would cost the government Rs.300 crore.

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