Chennai, Dec 22 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu government is to provide Rs 1000 as a Pongal gift along with One kg of raw rice and 1 kg of sugar in each family packet. Tamil Nadu government will be providing Pongal gifts to over 2 crore families in the state and an amount of Rs 2356 crore for the scheme. However, gift hampers comprising 20 items will not be provided during this year’s Pongal festival.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K. Stalin would inaugurate the scheme on January 2 in Chennai.
The Sri Lankan Tamils who are staying in camps will also be included in the Pongal gift scheme.
It may be recalled that the Pongal gift scheme was initiated in January 2014 when each family was provided Rs 100 and 1 kg extra of raw rice and sugar. In 2019 the amount was raised from Rs 100 to Rs 1000. In 2021, Rs 2500 was given to each family during the Pongal gift scheme and in 2022, Rs 2500 along with 20 items were given to each family card.