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Tamil Nadu CM rolls out free bicycle scheme for 2016-17

PTI
Published Jan 4, 2017, 4:23 pm IST
Updated Jan 4, 2017, 4:23 pm IST
Panneerselvam handed over the bicycles to seven students as part of kick-starting the scheme, an official release said.
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam.
 Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam.

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK's populist free bicycle scheme was on Wednesday formally rolled out by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in Chennai for the academic year 2016-17 to students of class eleven, costing Rs 243.96 crore to the exchequer.

Late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa had introduced the scheme during the 2001-02 academic year, benefiting students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It was later expanded to students of those schools receiving financial assistance from the government.

 

At a function at the Secretariat on Wednesday, Panneerselvam handed over the bicycles to seven students as part of kick-starting the scheme, an official release said.

Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Minister V M Rajalakshmi, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister S Valarmathi and senior government officials were present, it said. Earlier, Panneerselvam chaired a cabinet meeting at the Secretariat, sources said.

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