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MANNARGUDI: The waiver of co-operative loans to the tune of Rs. 7,000 crore by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government has helped thousands of farmers of composite Thanjavur district, said M.K. Stalin, Local Administration Minister, here on Sunday.

Campaigning at Mannargudi in support of S.S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance and the DMK candidate for Thanjavur Lok Sabha Constituency, Mr. Stalin said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime, on the other hand, was not in favour of farmers.

He also said that it was an irony that Jayalalithaa is now talking about protecting government employees. It was she who used ESMA and TESMA to crush the agitation of government employees when she was in power. She also sacked road workers.

The DMK regime has increased the dearness allowance to government employees whenever it was raised for Central government employees. Wage hike is also on the anvil. Now interim relief has been paid to the employees. Regularisation of temporary employees was also going on in phases.

Nagapattinam

The DMK Government has implemented many welfare projects for the benefit of the people in the last three years fulfilling its poll promises and carried out several Centrally-sponsored welfare schemes and projects, said Stalin at Vedaranyam on Sunday evening. Campaigning in an open van along with A.K.S.Vijayan, the DMK candidate of Nagapattinam Lok Sabha constituency, Mr. Stalin highlighted the achievements of the DMK Government including supply of rice at one rupee per kg, distribution of free colour television sets and LPG gas stoves with gas connection, free house site and land pattas to the poor and waiving of the loans of the farmers.

Mr Stalin appealed to the electorate to vote for the candidates of DMK-combine so that the benefits of all welfare projects could reach the people in the State. Mr Stalin who started his election campaign at Koradacherry in the Nagapattinam Lok Sabha constituency addressed wayside meetings at several places including Sembodai and Tirukkukkuvalai.

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