Theni, Dec 23:
Government exhibitions gives an opportunity for the public to see for themselves the various welfare schemes available and the government’s achievements, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said while inaugurating the 45-day-long government sponsored exhibition.
The exhibition, being held at the Pennycuick grounds near the new bus stand, would conclude on February 4, 2019.
Panneerselvam gave away welfare assistance to 569 beneficiaries to the tune of Rs. 2.96 crore.Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said, “The concept of conducting such exhibitions by the government was introduced by the late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran in 1978 and Salem hosted the first exhibition then. Till now, the government had conducted 199 exhibitions and the 200th exhibition was inaugurated here on Saturday, he said and added that 27 government departments explained the functioning and how people could benefit from them.
The public should know the programmes, subsidies and assistance available for them in the departments.
These exhibitions gave an opportunity for the people to independently gauge the performance of the government in different departments, says Information Minister Kadambur Raju.
More than showcasing the achievements, it disseminated information on the very many schemes for the poor and needy, he added. Tamil Nadu, under the able leadership of the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had achieved in implementing welfare schemes that many States in the country followed us, he said and added that through the conduct of exhibitions since 1978, the government had earned a revenue of Rs. 38.93 crore. The government earmarked Rs. 70,000 to each of the 27 departments to set up stalls.
State Department of Information & Publicity Director Shankar presided. Collector M Pallavi Baldev welcomed. Theni MP R. Parthiban, MLA S T K Jakkayan and other officials participated.