While the tamil Nadu government is said to be planning to pay the prize money to the family cardholders in their bank accounts to celebrate pongal in 2023, the cooperative department has instructed the authorities to open a new account for the family cardholders who do not have bank accounts. On behalf of the tamil Nadu government, a pongal gift package was given to all rice family card holders on the occasion of the Thai pongal festival which is celebrated as a tamil festival. Around 2.15 crore family card holders were given pongal items including Pacha pori, jaggery, sugarcane, and cash during the AIADMK regime. After this, when the DMK government was established, 21 items were given as pongal gifts.
But the public insisted that pongal should be given like the pongal prize money given during the AIADMK regime. After this, it is said that the tamil Nadu government is planning to give 1000 rupees on the occasion of the pongal festival in 2023. It is said that the tamil Nadu government is planning to pay this thousand rupees into a bank account instead of giving it to fair shops.In this situation, the Registrar of Cooperative Societies Shanmugasundaram, in a letter written to the authorities, said that many of the family card holders have bank accounts, but the data shows because Aadhaar is not linked, that they do not have bank accounts.