Tamil Nadu government today allocated an additional fund of Rs 94 crore towards distribution of free
sarees and dhoties for the Pongal festival, making the total
budget as Rs 350 crore for this year.
Approving weavers' demand to increase their wage by 10 per
cent, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced hiking it from Rs
16 to Rs 18.40 per dhoti and Rs 28.16 to Rs 31.68 for a saree,
an official release said.
Chief Minister ordered to complete distribution of these
garments to beneficiaries before Tamil new year (April 13), it