Tamilarasi says Rs. 16.63 crore spent for development schemes in Madurai district so far

It is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government that provided facilities, such as colour television sets, to the poor, hitherto available only with the rich, Adi Dravida Welfare Minister R. Tamilarasi said.

Addressing a multi-media campaign at Othakadai near here on Thursday, she said that cooking gas connections and concrete houses for the poor were possible only because of the welfare schemes charted by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

The previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had spent only Rs. 5 crore for various works under the Adi Dravida Department in Madurai district. “But we have spent Rs. 16.63 crore so far in the district,” she said. Among them were construction of seven hostels for students, 10 community halls, eight buildings to house additional classrooms, four laboratories in schools and infrastructure development in rural areas. She said that people should support the DMK for continuing with the welfare assistance schemes.

The 10-day campaign, including exhibition, would create awareness among the masses of the government welfare schemes, Collector C. Kamaraj said.

The government was implementing at least one scheme that would benefit every one. The district administration was taking all efforts to implement all the schemes to the satisfaction of all.

Sholavandan MLA P. Moorthi, District Panchayat Chairman P. Ashok Kumar, Tamil Nadu State Agriculture Marketing Board Chairman K.P.T. Ganesan and Madurai East Panchayat Union Chairperson Rajeswari Dharmaraj were among those who spoke.

District Public Relations Officer R. Anna and Assistant Public Relations Officer I. Sali Thalapathi also spoke.