Pongal cash gift: TN govt files modification plea in HC

Chennai: A day after the Madras High Court stayed the distribution of Rs 1,000 as Pongal gift to all ration card holders.

The Tamilnadu government on Thursday filed a modification plea. It has sought to add one more category of ‘sugar cards’ to the green list.

A bench comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam had on Wednesday passed an interim order restraining the state government from distributing the cash gift to non-priority household only for sugar (NPHH-S) and no commodity (NC) category of ration card holders.

Claiming that most of the families coming under the NPHH-S category also belong to economically weaker section, the government asked the court to modify the order and allow it to provide the cash gift to that category also.

The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing on Friday. According to the petition, out of 10,11,330 NPHH-S card holders 4,12,558 card holders have received the gift as of Thursday. The balance card holders under this category most of whom are also from the below poverty line category are affected, it added.

NT Bureau