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CM Stalin kick-started Pongal gift hampers distribution

CM Stalin kick-started Pongal gift hampers distribution

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin kick-started the distribution of Pongal gift hampers to beneficiaries at ration shops across the state by handing over hampers to ration card holders at Annai Sathya ration shop in the city. The hampers contain a kilogram of rice and sugar each, a sugarcane and cash worth Rs 1,000.

33,000 Ration shops

The state government has made it a tradition to distribute gift hampers ahead of Pongal that falls on January 15. This year, the government would be providing hampers to 2.19 crore ration card holders through 33,000 ration shops in the state.

Initially, it had announced that it would include only a kilogram of rice and sugar in the hamper along with cash worth Rs 1,000. Following the demand of opposition parties and sugarcane farmers, it included six-feet long sugarcane in the hampers.  The government has allocated 2,429 crore for the same.After the Chief Minister kick-started the distribution process, it commenced in all the ration shops across the state.