Pongal gift pack for PDS card holders Apply and Benefits
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry, Shree N. Rangasamy has announced to give special gifts to all family card holders in the union territory. This announcement was made just before the start of the famous Pongal festival. So this will serve as a Pongal gift as well as a New Year goodie for the family card holders in Puducherry. Recently Puducherry has been hugely affected by heavy rains and floods.
Pongal is a major festival in Puducherry as well as in other states like Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, etc. It is celebrated every year throughout the southern region of India in the 3rd week of January. This festival is celebrated for the new crop harvest. It is also celebrated as Sankranti in many parts of India and Bihu in Assam. The Pongal festival is a four day festival. Margali Kolam, Thai Pongal, Maatu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal are the names of the four festive days. The day before the Pongal festival starts, is called Bhogi day. On this day, people clean their houses, white wash and decorate them, buy new clothes and utensils, etc. It is the time to celebrate the New Year by having different dishes and exchanging greetings and gifts with the family and near and dear ones. Hence on this festive and auspicious occasion, the Chief Minister of Puducherry has announced to gift every family who are card holders, so as to bring a smile to their faces.
Family cards are commonly known as ration cards are issued to every family in Puducherry. These cards not only serve the purpose of an identity card, but also as a medium to get subsidized rations like rice, wheat, kerosene, etc. Earlier in 2015, the present Chief Minister has launched a scheme to provide free mixers and grinders to the family card holders. This mass distribution will be performed through public distribution system. Not only mixers, grinders, he has also launched similar programs of giving laptops to meritorious school students.
On 3rd Jan 2016, the Chief Minister announced to give Pongal gifts to every family card holder. This gift will have all essential food items like one kilo rice, sugar, dal, grams, spices, dry fruits, etc. According to sources, this special Pongal gift will be worth Rs. 309. This Pongal gift will be given through the public distribution system. Those possessing a valid family card can avail this free Pongal goodie in this festive season. They may collect the special gifts from the ration shops from 5th January onwards by showing their family cards. Every family is entitled to get one gift each.
An estimated number of 3.37 lakh Puducherry families will fall under this special scheme. According to sources, an estimated budget of Rs. 9.4 crore is sanctioned to give away the Pongal gifts to the family card holders of the territory. This Pongal surprise will also work as a healer to the wounds caused by the heavy rains and floods a month ago.