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Manoharan's sense of duty impeccable: CM

CHENNAI, SEPT. 2. Former Revenue Minister, Nanjil K. Manoharan, who died last month, had left no file put up to him pending even just a day before his death, the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi said in paying tributes to his `sense of duty' till the very end.

``He (Manoharan) signed all the files that had gone upto him before he died'', Mr. Karunanidhi recalled, participating in a function got up here last evening by the DMK to unveil a portrait in memory of the party's late Deputy General Secretary.

Reading out from one of the recent letters Manoharan had written to him, the Chief Minister said the former Minister had a meticulous habit of documenting the total number of files cleared by him month-wise and year-wise since the DMK had assumed office on May 13, 1996.

Of a total of 7401 files, which had gone to the Revenue Minister for his clearance since that date upto January 2, 2000, Manoharan had written that he had taken a decision on all of them and left no file pending, Mr. Karunanidhi said, adding, ``he kept giving me these accounts about files cleared and petitions acted upon even though I have not asked any of my Cabinet Ministers to do so''.

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