Ration shops to be open from
8.30 am to 5 pm with 1 hour lunch break
Food and Consumer Safety Commissioner Madhumathi has in a directive to the district collectors has suggested the modalities for distribution of the Pongal gifts including the Rs.1000 cash to the card-holders in the State from tomorrow.Starting from tomorrow the ration shops will operate from morning 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The government has requested the respective District Collectors, Deputy Commissioners, Sub-Registrars of Co-operative Societies and warehouse managers of each district to ensure that these Pongal gifts reach the public as soon as possible before Pongal.
The money should be distributed only after registering it in the person’s smart card. It should be given as 500 rupees notes as far as possible. No plastic covers should be used for supply of cashew, kissmiss, cardamom etc. For those people who don’t have smart cards, the gifts can be issued to their family card or to the aadhar card or phone number of any of their family members.
In order to avoid the crowd from gathering in ration shops, the government has decided to asked the ration shops to list the number of persons in each street and issue tokens in that order to a maximum of 300.
In Greater Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Selam, Nellai, Thirupur, Tuticorin Erode, Tanjore and Dindigul more employees have been employed in ration shops for the purpose. Control rooms and mobile monitoring team will be under operation to ensure that no problems arise.Police should ensure security to avoid any stampede and the rations shps should provide them in advance with distribution chart of the day.
EC gesture Tiruvarur
The Election Commission (EC) on Friday allowed the issue of ‘gratuitous relief’ and Pongal gift hampers to continue for people affected by cyclone ‘Gaja’ in Tiruvarur Assembly constituency where a model code of conduct is in force in view of the by-election on January 28.
The commission conveyed this to Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahu. Already, the Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan had sought permission from EC to continue the issue of relief materials to people affected by the cyclone in Tiruvarur constituency. “The Tamil Nadu government can continue with the relief measures in the cyclone-affected areas for which decision had already been taken prior to the announcement of the by-election,” the letter from EC said.
However, the EC pointed out that the no political functionary should be involved in disbursement of any relief materials. Such material/benefits should be distributed only by the official machinery concerned.
When asked whether `1,000 cash support announced by the State government could be distributed, the CEO said “No. It is a scheme announced after the announcement of the by-election.”
Poll rolls on January 21
Meanwhile, in a release, the CEO said the publication of final electoral rolls after the recently concluded summary revision, will take place on January 21 instead of January 4 as scheduled earlier.