ERODE: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government has done much more for self-help groups than the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has said.
“In the past three years, the bank loan and revolving fund the government has disbursed is higher than what the AIADMK managed during its five-year rule,” he said after inaugurating a samathuvapuram in Anjanur panchayat, Nambiyur panchayat union, on Monday.
In the past three years, the DMK government gave Rs.4,962 crore as loan to SHGs as against the AIADMK government’s Rs.1,644 crore. Similarly, the present government had disbursed Rs.215 crore as revolving fund, whereas the previous government gave only Rs.76 crore.
To underscore his point, Mr. Stalin said the government had not only done more for the groups but also made Tamil Nadu stand out in the country. “Of the Rs.11,132 crore given to SHGs in the country, around Rs.2,100 crore have come to groups in the State alone, which is 20 per cent of the allocation.”
He added that around 62 per cent of the Rs.1,154 crore Indian Bank had spent on SHGs in the country was for groups in the State.
On samathuvapuram, Mr. Stalin said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi after assuming office in 2006 proposed to start 95 such habitations at Rs.165 crore.
Of those, the government proposed to construct 29 in 2008-09, he said, and added that, 20 had been completed, including the newly inaugurated one in Erode.
The rest would be ready by January 2010, he said, and added that the government had taken up construction of 30 samathuvapurams this financial year and would do so for the remaining 36 during 2010-11.
Samathuvapuram construction was an important scheme of the government, which believed in implementing schemes to realise Periyar’s dreams.
“Will foster unity”
“The habitations will foster unity, usher in a sense of oneness and help people have not caste identity but just the Tamil identity,” he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister inaugurated 113 school buildings constructed at Rs.10.69 crore and other schemes and works worth Rs.66.99 crore.