Tamil Nadu

“Legislation for women's rights initiated by DMK”

Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi speaking at the inauguration of Mother Teresa Women's Complex in Chennai on Monday. (From left) S. Malathi, Chief Secretary and M.K.Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister are in the picture. Photo : M.Vedhan  

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said only those who could not rejoice at the ascendency of women in the power structure would move the court against the appointment of Letika Saran as the Director General of Police in the State.

Addressing a function organised to inaugurate Mother Teresa Women's Complex to house the permanent market for the products of Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs), the Chief Minister said it was a matter for rejoicing that the posts of both Chief Secretary and DGP were occupied by women.

Explaining that it was during the DMK regime in 1973 that women were inducted into police force when F.V. Arul was the Inspector General of Police, the Chief Minister said today, a woman was holding the highest post in the department.

Mr. Karunanidhi said the legislations for providing equal share for women in family property and 30 per cent reservation for women in government jobs were enacted during the DMK regime. “Thirty three per cent reservation for women in local bodies has paved way for 40,000 women becoming representatives in local bodies,” he said.

The Chief Minister said when Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin wanted him to find a suitable name for the Rs 15.32 crore complex in Nungambakkam, he immediately suggested the name of Mother Teresa, whose birth centenary was being celebrated.

Stating that women in the State had benefitted whenever the DMK was in power in the state, Mr Stalin said Women SHGs had so far generated Rs 17.50 crore through their products.

Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran said the seeds for SHGs were sowed by his father Murasoli Maran, who took inspiration from the Grameen bank created by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus of the Bangladesh.

“Tamil Nadu government and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin deserve Nobel Prize for their contribution to the development of women,” he said.

Chennai Mayor M. Subramaniam, Chief Secretary S. Malathi, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj secretary K. Allaudin and Managing Director of Corporation for Development of Women Dr K. Gopal participated.

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