Tamil Nadu Increases Grant for Christians to Visit Jerusalem
Tamil Nadu is increasing the grant given to Christians for their pilgrimage to Jerusalem from the current Rs 20,000 to Rs 37,000, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced on Sunday at a Christmas function organized in Chennai.
This comes a day after Palaniswami launched the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) campaign from her local constituency in Salem for the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
On the first day of his campaign, Palaniswami had announced a subsidy for ration card holders of 2.06 crore to receive Rs 2,500 along with raw rice, sugarcane, cashew nuts, grapes and sugar for the Pongal harvest festival held in Tamil Nadu in January. Before the elections, where the AIADMK is seeking a third consecutive term, the party has made efforts to appease different caste groups and minority communities.
In early December, during his inspection of flood-affected areas after Cyclone Nivar and Buveri in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, Palaniswami offered prayers at the Nagore Dargah and Vailankanni church.
In February, the state government had invited Christian applicants to take advantage of financial aid to visit the holy land in Jerusalem for a period of ten days.