Free power supply has never been given for horticultural crops such as drumstick, cashew nut, guava and sapota, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Monday.

In a statement here, he clarified that the scheme of free power supply was being implemented only in the case of paddy and sugarcane.

He called upon the media to verify the situation with the authorities concerned before publishing any news item on this matter. Referring to Union Minister Kapil Sibal's statement on the plan of the Department of Telecommunication to arrive at the exact figure of revenue loss on account of issuance of 2G licences and to initiate action against new operators, he said that if such actions were taken, the actual loss might be less. He gave an account of steps taken by his government to perpetuate the memory of B.R. Ambedkar.

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