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Sugarcane included in Rs 1,000 Pongal gift hamper : Stalin

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The Tamil Nadu Government today announced

that a full sugarcane will be given along with the Pongal package that

included Rs 1,000 and one kg each of rice and sugar to all the ration

cardholders in the State.

A decision to provide sugarcane along with the Pongal gift hamper

was taken at a meeting Chief Minister M.K.Stalin held with his

Ministerial colleagues and higher officials at the State Secretariat.

Accepting the demands of the farmers, who had been staging

protests across the State demanding the government to include

sugarcane along with the package by procuring it from farmers,

the government decided to provide one full sugarcane along with

the package.

Following this, Stalin will launch the function on January nine instead

of January two as announced earlier, and issuance of tokens to all

cardholders in the State will take place from January 3 to 8.

Stalin had on December 22 announced that with a view to celebrate

the harvest festival, all rice cardholders and the families living in Sri

Lankan Tamils Rehabilitation camps will be given a Pongal package

of Rs 1,000, one kg rice and one kg sugar.

About 2.19 crore cardholders in the State will be benefitted by this

package and the State government will incur an expenditure of

Rs 2,356.67 crore.

Since then, sugarcane farmers had been staging various forms of

protest as non inclusion of sugarcane in the package will affect them

badly as the government would not procure them and that they will

get low price from the market for their produce.

Political parties, including the Opposition AIADMK, and the ruling

DMK’s ally CPI(M) have urged the government to include sugarcane

in the Pongal package as demanded by the farmers.

Earlier in the day, AIADMK announced a protest demonstration on

January two in Tiruvannamalai against omission of sugarcane in

Pongal gift hamper.

Following this, Stalin chaired a meeting today and decided to include

sugarcane in the Pongal package.

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