TN Cabinet nod for Rs 1 a kg rice scheme

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Chennai, Aug 30 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Cabinet today gave its nod for the 'Rs one a kg rice scheme' in fair price shops for the poor in the state.

Hours after the DMK district secretaries meeting chaired by party president and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi urged the government to revive DMK founder C N Annadurai's ''Rupee a measure'' Scheme, the State Cabinet met at the Secretariat.

After a three-hour long deliberation on the resolution, the Cabinet gave its approval for the scheme.

The scheme would be launched by Mr Karunanidhi on September 15, coinciding with the birth centenary of the former Chief Minister.

The scheme would benefit 1.86 crore ration cardholders in the State.

Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties, including TNCC President K V Thangkabalu, CPI State Secretary Tha Pandian and Viduthalai Chirithaigal Katchi (VCK) President Thol Thirumavalavan, welcomed the government's move.

At the Cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary L K Tripathy presented the Chief Minister a Rs 33,700 crore project for development of the roads in the State.

The Chief Minister was also presented reports for development of roads and transport facilities in Coimbatore and Madurai, official sources said.

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