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Sweet news to holders of sugar only ration card holders in TN

IANS  |  Chennai 

Modifying its earlier order, the on Friday allowed distribution of Rs 1,000 as gift by government on festival to those holding ration cards on which only sugar can be purchased.

The court allowed the to give Rs 1,000 to 'non-priority household' only for sugar category of people, accepting the plea that such households also belong to economically weaker section.

Hearing a PIL, the court on Jan 9, restrained the government from distributing Rs 1,000 as a cash gift to all holders regardless of financial status.

Pointing out to the government that it was public money and, not the party money, the court said it would not question if it was the latter.

The court said the total cash outgo will be about Rs 2,000 crore which could be used for relief works in cyclone Gaja-hit districts or infrastructure development and others.

According to the court, the cash gift can be given to people who are below the poverty line and not above.

On Jan 2, while addressing the Assembly had said the would provide a cash gift of Rs 1,000 and a gift hamper to all holders in the state to celebrate festival.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 22:18 IST