Centre told to spell out stand on notifying final order of Cauvery tribunal

The Supreme Court’s directive to the Centre to spell out its stand on notifying the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal by the end of the month is a victory for the State government’s sustained efforts and perseverance, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said here on Thursday.

Unveiling a bronze statue of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran at Donnington Junction in Kotagiri, she said her government was tirelessly working, with justice on its side, for the restoration of the rights of Tamil Nadu on Cauvery and Mullaperiyar issues.

Apart from striving to restore the rights of the State, a determined government was focusing on welfare schemes to ensure the economic well-being of the poor and also to strengthen its financial position that was made weak by the previous government.

It was also fighting to revive its public sector undertakings.

The AIADMK government was now in its sixth regime and was aiming to make Tamil Nadu the number one State. Other States found the schemes in Tamil Nadu worthy of emulation. A transparent administration was being provided to ensure that the benefits of the schemes reached the people. Praising M.G. Ramachandran, Ms. Jayalalithaa said she looked back with awe and the progress of the AIADMK and the challenges she had overcome in keeping it on the path of victory. She also recalled the steps taken by her to unify the AIADMK and reclaim the party symbol. As long as M.G. Ramachandran was alive, the DMK was only in the Opposition. Ms. Jayalalithaa released a commemorative souvenir and handed over the first copy to party district secretary K.R. Arjunan.