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Trichy: Confusion and concern were writ large on the faces of many people waiting in serpentine queues at ration shops across Trichy city on Wednesday after the Madras high court directed the state government to distribute the Pongal gift of Rs 1,000 in cash only to ration card holders who were below the poverty line.

While several people who were waiting at the ration shops frantically asked shop employees if they would be given the money in the light of the court judgment, many shops saw crowds swelling to collect the money before the government order regarding the court’s ban arrived. As reported, fair prize shops in the city had been witnessing a big crowd over the last few days to avail of the scheme.

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R Selvaraj, 55, who went to collect the gift at a ration shop in Raja Colony, said he was there despite knowing about the court order. “It doesn’t mean that the concerned officials got the government order and it was conveyed to the ration shops. That’s why I’ve come to avail of the scheme while it is still available for everyone,” he said. P Giriprakash, 21, who also went to the same shop said he got the money but wasn’t aware of the court judgment.

However, in some ration shops, the employees weren’t sure about distributing the money to all card holders. This resulted in a delay in distributing the gift thus leading to bigger queues. “We were at first told that we would be given money irrespective of us being in below poverty line or not, but soon they said we had to check and asked us to wait. Eventually, I got it,” a college student from Bheema Nagar said.

A ration shop employee at Palakkarai said that they distributed the scheme to everyone so as to avoid arguments or any other issue. “On Wednesday morning, we distributed it to everyone because if we refused it from noon, it would have agitated the queue,” the employee added.

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