Pongal Gift Hamper Tokens to be ISSUED

The process of issuing tokens for the Pongal gift scheme will begin from today (Tuesday) till January 8. Officials of the Fair Price Shop across the State will distribute 200 tokens per day from door to door.

The token will contain information such as the date and time of receipt of the Pongal package. Ration card holders can get Pongal package from ration shops by using their cards.

Distribution of Pongal gift hampers from the State government for ration card holders and families living in Sri Lankan Tamil rehabilitation camps in Dindigul district would begin on January 9, said Collector S. Visakan on Saturday. The Scheme will be inaugurated by Chief Minister MK Stalin.

The hamper would have one kg each of raw rice and sugar, a sugarcane and ₹1,000 in cash, stated a press release. To streamline the distribution, tokens will be issued to the beneficiaries between January 3 and 8 in their respective fair price shops.

The tokens will bear details of the date and time of collection at the shop. A staggered system has been devised to avoid confusion and overcrowding at the shops. As many as 200 families in rural areas and 200 to 250 families in urban areas will receive the hampers from each shop every day.

In case of grievance regarding the Pongal gift hampers, people can contact the control room at the Collectorate on 0451 2460097 or toll-free numbers 1967 and 1800-425-5901. The Collector has appealed to the people to collect the tokens on time and cooperate in smooth distribution of the gifts.

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