CHENNAI: In a span of little over six months, the Tamil Nadu government has sold one crore bags of subsidised 'Amma Cement' to over one lakh beneficiaries across the state.
"Till July 16, 2015 approximately 5.17 lakh metric tons, which is one crore cement bags, have been sold to 1,33,595 beneficiaries through 470 godowns," an official release of Tamil Nadu Cements Corporation said today.
'Amma Cement' is available at a subsidised rate of Rs 190 per bag. One of the populist schemes under the 'Amma' brand, 'Amma Cement' was announced by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on September 26, last year.
It was launched on January 5 this year in Tiruchirappalli district and subsequently was made available across the state. In just 15 days after the launch, one lakh bags were sold to beneficiaries, the release said.
A maximum of 750 bags of cement is being given to individuals who build houses upto a maximum of 1,500 square feet. Those who renovate or repair their existing houses are also eligible to get a maximum of 100 bags.
To avail cement at concessional price of Rs 190 a bag, beneficiaries should get a certificate authenticating their building plan from specified authorities including local and revenue officials, it said.