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Lt Guv gives nod for Pongal freebies

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

In relief to the government, today gave her nod for 'distribution of grocery items' free of cost to all ration card holders in Puducherry, and regions for festival.

A release from the office of said the approval has been given as a special case.

The release also said the also approved distribution of free rice for the month of July last year at the rate of 20 kg for families coming under 'below poverty line' and AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana) scheme.

Families coming under the 'above poverty line' category would be issued ten kg rice free of cost, the release added.

She also laid down the condition that due "codal procedure should be followed while procuring rice from the market," the release said.

The release said a proposal was received from the on January 8 at the office of Lt Governor.

It was "carefully considered by Lt Governor in view of limited availability of funds certified by the Department of Civil supplies."

She also approved the free rice scheme and distribution of gift hampers for card-holders.

Reacting to the Lt Governor's nod, V told PTI, "it is not a big thing. It is a routine matter and much should not be made about it."

had witnessed agitations by the opposition AIADMK urging the to implement without delay distribution of grocery items for card-holders for the forthcoming festival.

The and Lt Governor Bedi have been at loggerheads over many issues, including medical admissions and induction of three nominated MLAs, ever since she assumed office in 2016.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:50 IST