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TN CM announces Special Pongal package for all ration card holders

Chennai, Dec 22 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
on Saturday announced a special Pongal package to all the ration card
holders to enable them to celebrate the harvest festival next month.
In a statement here, he said the package compirising one kg raw rice,
one kg sugar, a piece of sugarcane, 20 gms of cashew and dry grapes
and five gram of cardamom would be given to all ration card holders
in the state before the harvest festival, that falls on January 14,
2019, through the ration shops.
''All the ration card holders and Sri Lankan Tamils living in refugee
camps will be given this Special Pongal package'', he added.
Mr Palaniswami said the Tamil festival was not only celebrated
as a harvest festival, but was celebrated as an occasion to hail the
farmers, who feed the people, and the farmers thanking the Sun God
for a good harvest.
He also wished the people of the state that love, peace and happiness
usher in their lives on the occasion of the festival.
Pongal was the traditional and main festival of Tamils, marking the
birth of auspicious Tami month 'Thai' and was celebrated with a lot
of fervour and gaiety.
The households prepare Pongal, a sweet delicacy made of rice, milk
and jaggery and the festival would last four days and culminate with
'Kaanum Pongal' (sight seeing).
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