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Extend urban development scheme to all six Corporations, Stalin urges Centre

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PRESSING THE BUTTON: Local Administration Minister M. K. Stalin laying the foundation stone for the extension building of Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Wednesday.
PRESSING THE BUTTON: Local Administration Minister M. K. Stalin laying the foundation stone for the extension building of Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Wednesday.

Bring Tiruchi, Salem and Tirunelveli under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, he says

MADURAI: The State Government has requested the Centre to extend the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to all six Corporations in Tamil Nadu, Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin said here on Wednesday.

Mr. Stalin was speaking at a function after laying the foundation stone for a Rs.22 crore extension wing of the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) on Wednesday.

He said the Central Government-funded scheme had been sanctioned for the Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore Corporations. A request had been made to include Tiruchi, Salem and Tirunelveli Corporations so that infrastructure and amenities could be improved.

“During my recent visit to New Delhi, I met the Prime Minister, the Union Finance Minister and Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, to put forth our request to implement the JNURM in all the six Corporations,” he said.

Stating that 63 cities in the country, including three in Tamil Nadu, had been selected for the scheme, the Minister said the Madurai Corporation was allotted Rs.2,361 crore to carry out development works in the first phase. The proposed works under the JNURM would be completed in two to three years.

Women’s welfare

Mr. Stalin asserted that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam always gave priority to women’s empowerment. It was the DMK Government that encouraged the formation of self-help groups for women in 1989.

Health Minister K. K. S. S. R. Ramachandran, Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister A. Tamilarasi, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister T. P. M. Mohideen Khan and Minister for Highways M. P. Swaminathan spoke.

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