Government accords high priority to development of women: Stalin
Udhagamandalam: Before the end of 2010, all beneficiaries identified under the scheme for free distribution of colour television sets will be covered, according to M.K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister.
He was participating in a function at Kotagiri on Wednesday to launch development schemes, lay the foundation stone for new schemes and distribute welfare assistance. The total amount involved was Rs. 39.45 crore.
Unlike other poll assurances such as distribution of one kg of rice at Re. 1 and waiver of farm loans to the tune of Rs. 7000 crore which had been fulfilled immediately after assuming the office, the colour TV scheme was being implemented in a phased manner because of the practical difficulties associated with the procurement of TV sets. A high-level committee comprising representatives of many political parties was overseeing the implementation of the scheme.
He pointed out that the Karunanidhi government believed in implementing welfare schemes in an unbiased manner.
Referring to the warmth with which the people greeted him during his three-day tour of the Nilgiris, he said that it reflected their unshakable confidence in the DMK rule. Listing the schemes being implemented by the government, Mr. Stalin said that it accorded high priority to development of women.
Stating that the State was in the forefront of the Self Help Group movement, he said that there were about 4.12 lakh groups with about 65 lakh members.
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A.Raja said that funds would not be a constraint in developing the district.
While the recent natural calamity in the Nilgiris was unprecedented, the manner in which the government rose to the occasion and took up rescue, relief and restoration works was also unprecedented.
Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy said that while there were different forms of turmoil in various other States, Tamil Nadu was a garden of peace.
Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran said that the SHG movement received world-wide acclamation.
Ooty MLA B.Gopalan and Coonoor MLA A.Soundarapandian were among those who spoke.