Free Distribution of Dhoties and Sarees by Tamil Nadu
The Tamil Nadu government has now finally decided to distribute free Dhoties and Sarees to the public on the lieu of Pongal festival. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister made investigation towards the respective department about the production of Dhoties and Sarees to the public last week.
In 1981 under former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran the produced and stocked handlooms were purchased by the respective department by taking into consideration in providing job opportunities to weavers and to make the people residing in village and cities to be happy on the occasion of the pongal festival with distribution of free dresses. This scheme is one of the excellent scheme introduced to the public and could even act as a role model and sources of service for other states in India. The Tamilnadu state has its pride towards the origin of the scheme and even now the current government continues with the respective schemes of services to all set of peoples. In order to provide quality Dhoties and Sarees under former period of Chief Minister Jayalalitha she instructed the respective department to produce Dhoties and Sarees made of cotton along with polyester thread and as per her instruction towards the respective scheme the service is being followed till date.
Benefits and key Statistics
With free distribution of Dhoties and Sarees all the weavers would be benefited and provided with good job opportunities. According to the data a total of 170.84 lakhs Sarees and 169.75 Dhoties are required and the Chief Minister have instructed that all the required purchases should only be purchased from the Tamil Nadu and due to above news the Sarees and Dhoties distribution are being given as a business to Tamil Nadu weavers. As per the Budget allocated for the free distribution of Dhoties and Sarees the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister initially allocated Rs 256 crores for the project and now additionally Rs 4 crores has been allocated for the project. As per the obligation towards the sale rate by the weavers a long back to the local government the Tamil Nadu chief minister has decided to take it into consideration to make the weavers happy. Initially Rs 16/- was given for a Dhoti has now been converted into Rs 18.40/- and for Sarees the rates have been revised from Rs 28.16/- to Rs 31.68/-. Due to Tamil Nadu local Panchayat Election as a factor of consideration it was very difficult to hire thread involved in production of Dhoties and Sarees so the government announced it may take some more time towards production of respective clothes to be distributed freely to the public. The Tamil Nadu chief minister has instructed to complete the project as soon as possible in a full swing and go live with the project on coming festival in Tamilnadu.