Annual expenditure is expected to be Rs. 3 crore.
Some of the councillors belonging to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress raised objection to the Corporation’s decision to release funds for running ‘Amma Unavagam.’
The Corporation planned to open ‘Amma Unavagam,’ where eatables are sold at subsidised rates, at 10 places from June 1. The annual expenditure for the same is expected to be Rs. 3 crore. It was planned that a team of Corporation officials will be deputed to monitor the quality of food and service at the eateries.
Demanding that the Corporation, which was already in red, should not spend its money on ‘Amma Unavagam,’ the DMK members staged a walkout from the council meeting on Thursday. Congress member T.N. Umapathi Sivan, in support of the DMK, said that the allocation of the Corporation fund for running ‘Amma Unavagam’ would result in additional burden to the civic body, which was struggling to execute development work and create additional civic facilities.
Mayor Vijila Sathyananth said ‘Amma Unavagam’ centres were being opened in the Corporation following the success of such eateries in Chennai. “By opening ‘Amma Unavagam,’ we can sell food products to poor people at subsidised rates and we should be happy to be associated with such a noble scheme,” Ms. Vijila said. Later a resolution allowing release of funds from the Corporation’s general fund for running ‘Amma Unavagam’ was passed.
DMK member Kamaludeen urged the Mayor to initiate action against those who pasted posters with derogatory remarks on the Corporation councillors in Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai. Ms. Vijila assured him that a complaint would be registered with the police.
Independent councillor M. Subramanian of ward 3, who had been suspended from attending three council meetings for his alleged derogatory remarks against the Mayor, was participating in the council meeting. Ms. Vijila asked him to leave the hall. Ignoring the order, Mr. Subramanian said the Mayor did not have the power to suspend him from attending the meeting and squatted on the floor in protest.
The Mayor asked the guards to remove him. Mr. Subramanian raised slogans against Ms. Vijila while being removed from the hall.