TN allocates Rs 25 cr to aid Adi Dravidars, STs

Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday allocated Rs 25 crore to implement various welfare schemes.

Chennai: In a bid to aid Adi Dravidar,
Scheduled Tribes and converted Chrisitian Adi Dravidar
communities in the state in education and employment, Tamil
Nadu government on Wednesday allocated Rs 25 crore to implement
various welfare schemes.

The fund will be used for a variety of purposes, including
Rs 6.13 crore to train over 5,500 beneficiaries in
computer-related skills, and Rs 2.64 crore for coaching about
6,000 students to face entrance exams like IIT-JEE (Indian
Institute of Technology - Joint Entrance Exam) and AIEEE (All
India Engineering Entrance Exam).

The fund has been allocated under Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar
Housing and Development Corporation Limited (TAHDCO).

The hike will also benefit about 42,000 converted Adi
Dravidar Christians without hostels and more than 28,000
students in hostels as their monthly maintenance allowance has
been hiked at a total expenditure of Rs 3.53 crore, an
official release said.

Another Rs 5 crore will be spent to handpick promising Adi
Dravidar students from across the state and admit them in a
reputed residential school from Classes 6 to 12.

Funds to the tune of Rs 2.58 crore will be used to train
2,350 members of the community in driving at Tamil Nadu Road
Transport Corporation facility at Taramani here. The
beneficiaries will also be trained to operate construction
equipments and to become electricians, mechanics through
governments ITIs (Industrial Technical Institutes).

Adi Dravidar youth will be trained to improve their spoken
English and soft skills, the release added.

TAHDCO was constituted in 1974 to improve the living
conditions of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes by improving
their income earning capacities and skills through training
programmes.

PTI

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