Cooperation Minister I. Periasamy and Electricity Minister V. Senthilbalaji review the works of SHG women during the All India Cooperative Week meeting in the city on Saturday. | Photo credit: S. Siva Saravanan
A special system will be formed in the state under the Department of Cooperatives to verify and distribute benefits that have been delayed under the Public Delivery System (PDS), Minister of Cooperation I. Periasamy said at the 69th All India Cooperative Week meeting here on Saturday.
He said many PDS cardholders who had applied for loans or assistance for nearly 10 years had yet to receive the benefits. The special system will check the reason for the delay and disburse the essentials accordingly, he added.
He enlisted the achievements under the leadership of Chief Minister MK Stalin since May 2021 in the department of cooperatives and new initiatives like pension for all retired employees of cooperatives, increase in salaries of employees of primary agricultural cooperative banks, allowing student membership for student loans, and more. loans for women‘s self-help groups.
He said the cooperative banks had provided loans worth ₹7,300 crore to farmers and aimed to provide loans worth ₹12,000 crore by the end of this financial year.
Power, Prohibition and Excise Minister V. Senthilbalaji, Food Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, Coimbatore Collector GS Sameeran, Company Commissioner M. Prathap, Mayor Kalpana Anandakumar , department officials and more than 10,000 cooperative and SHG workers attended the meeting.
In Tiruppur, Minister of Information and Publicity MP Saminathan and Minister of Welfare Adi Dravidar N. Kayalvizhi Selvaraj participated in the celebration of Cooperative Week in Palladam. The ministers distributed ₹16.94 crore in loans to 2,056 beneficiaries.