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DEVELOPMENT VOTE: Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K. Vasan speaking at the election campaign in Thanjavur on Sunday. —
DEVELOPMENT VOTE: Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K. Vasan speaking at the election campaign in Thanjavur on Sunday. —

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“Seventy Central Government schemes implemented”

THANJAVUR: “People have a responsibility to prevent communal forces coming to power at the Centre in this Lok Sabha election,” said G.K.Vasan, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, here on Sunday.

“To achieve this people should vote for United Progressive Alliance as they did in 2004,” Mr.Vasan said while campaigning for S.S.Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for finance and DMK candidate for Thanjavur Lok Sabha constituency.

Mr.Vasan said that UPA had met the expectations of the people in the last five years. While it had done good to all states in the country, Tamil Nadu gained more than other states in terms of programme implementation. Seventy Central Government schemes have been implemented through eight departments at a cost of Rs. 56,650 crore, Vasan said.

Bharath Nirman is a scheme that would provide facilities in villages and bring them on par with urban areas. To this, a sum of Rs. 1,74,000 crore have been allotted. National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme was implemented and a wage of Rs 80 per day for hundred days in an year was ensured for rural people.

UPA has plans to increase the wages to Rs 100 and the period of employment to 150 days if voted again to power.

He said that former chief minister Jayalalithaa misused the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and imprisoned Vaiko, general secretary of MDMK. Vaiko is now with AIADMK alliance. Though Jayalalithaa had used ESMA, TESMA acts against government employees, the Communist parties, which fought for government employees, were now with AIADMK.

Ko.Si.Mani, Minister for Co-operation, S.N.M.Ubayathullah, Commercial Taxes minister, G.Rangaswamy Moopanar, Congress leader, and N.R.Rangarajan, Pattukottai MLA participated in the campaign.

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