Cheques for Rs 54.36 lakh were handed over by Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani to the workers, who were either retired or taken voluntary retirement.
In the first phase, 116 workers were given the cheques.
With 61 registered and six unregistered tea estates, a total of 15,768 people had been working there, Velumani said.
AIADMK MLAs and MPs, along with district officials, were present on the occasion.
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