A welfare board for Tamils working abroad also planned

Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi on Saturday said the State government would form a commisionerate for refugees' rehabilitation and overseas Tamils. A welfare board will also be formed for Tamils working in foreign countries.

The Chief Minister announced this at the State conference of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) held in Tambaram.

Mr.Karunanidhi was responding to an earlier resolution passed in the conference seeking the establishment of a separate department to look after issues pertaining to non-resident Indians from Tamil Nadu on the lines of the one formed in Kerala.

Mr.Karunanidhi, who received the ‘Naanilam Potrum Nallinakka Nayagar' award on the occasion, said a meeting was conducted on October 27 this year by the Directorate of School Education where representatives of minority organisations, including those run by Muslims, took part. As per the outcome of the meeting, the State government was considering introduction of a system where the minorities could learn four subjects in their mother tongue. The process of preparing syllabus is on. M.K.Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister; E.Ahmed, Union Minister of State for Railways and IUML leader from Kerala; Khader Mohideen, State President and National General Secretary of IUML, were among others who spoke on the occasion.