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“Vision – 2023 will give an impetus to students”

Students showing their free laptops distributed at a function in the city on Saturday. Photo: R. Ashok

Students showing their free laptops distributed at a function in the city on Saturday. Photo: R. Ashok  

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TN Cooperation Minister ‘Sellur’ K. Raju said that in the last three years, Rs.48,000 crore was earmarked for providing assistance to students in schools and colleges.

In the last three years, 90,191 eligible students from various educational institutions in Madurai district had received the laptops issued under the welfare scheme launched by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Distributing laptops to 2,530 students at a function here on Friday, TN Cooperation Minister ‘Sellur’ K. Raju said that in the last three years, Rs.48,000 crore was earmarked for providing assistance to students in schools and colleges.

“The CM was keen that not a single child in the State stayed home without attending school for want of money. Thus, 14 different items — free books, uniforms et al, — required for students were distributed free of cost by the government…” he added.

Mr. Raju said that the Vision – 2023, which was conceptualised by the Chief Minister, was expected to give an impetus to students to pursue higher education in Tamil Nadu itself.

The trend to go abroad for specialised study and employment may become a thing of the past in about five to seven years. Infrastructure on a par with developed nation would be offered here, he asserted.

Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa said that among the Corporation schools in Tamil Nadu, the schools in Madurai Corporation had performed well.

The pass percentage of students, who had passed out tenth standard in 2013-14, was 94 per cent, while 93 per cent passed out in plus-two. A total of 7,441 students had received laptops worth Rs.11.89 crore in Madurai Corporation schools during the last three years, he said.

With rise in vehicular movement in the city, the State government had proposed to construct two bridges connecting Madurai North and South across the Vaigai. The city has two bridges – Albert Victor near Goripalayam and P.T.R. bridge near Anna Nagar – which connected the two sides. Apart from this, there were three causeways in Sellur, Obulapadithurai and among others.

The two proposed bridges, which would be built at a cost of Rs.30 crore, would come up between Arapalayam and Aruldosspuram, and between Simakkal and Sellur respectively.

It is expected to be completed in two years and dedicated to the public, he said.

Corporation officials said that a total of 516 grams of gold valued Rs.54.69 lakh was distributed to beneficiaries under the “thaalikku thangam” scheme and 129 women received marriage assistance of Rs.32.25 lakh. Collector L. Subramanian, Corporation Commissioner Kathiravan, MP R. Gopalakrishnan, MLAs, councillors and senior officials from the Corporation attended the function.

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