Public Works Department (PWD) Minister K.V. Ramalingam said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Government initiated the preliminary works for installation of the magnificent 133-feet-tall Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari.
He told this to reporters here after inspecting the Erode Government Hospital on Saturday.
“The proposal to install the statue of Thiruvalluvar was made by former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran. Following his demise, then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa took the next step for installing the statue by floating tender to begin the works. But this could not be completed by the AIADMK as the government changed.
“The physical work of installing the statue began and was completed when M. Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister. So, the credit should be for MGR and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa,” the PWD Minister said. Neither the DMK nor Mr. Karunanidhi could take credit for installing the statue. “Sadly, the DMK leader as well as the party is not accepting this truth,” he added.
Earlier, during the inspecting, doctors in the GH informed him about the shortage of doctors there. The Minister said that efforts would be made to appoint six more doctors at the earliest, while doctors for other specialised care such as orthopaedics would also be appointed soon.
Noting that there was requirement of funds to the tune of Rs. 40 lakh to carry out the road works inside the GH, Mr. Ramalingam said that a sum of Rs. 10 lakh would be sanctioned in the first phase to initiate the works. He also assured the doctors that their petition to upgrade the GH into a medical college hospital would be forwarded to the Government.