KERALA

CM's assurance to linguistic minorities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM MAY 29. The UDF Government is committed to upholding the rights of the linguistic minorities, especially the people of Tamil Nadu who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the State, the Chief Minister, A.K.Antony, has said.

Inaugurating a function got up by the Kerala Tamil Federation and the Thiruvananthapuram Tamil Sanghom to release the Malayalam translation of `Thirukkural' done by K.G.Chandrasekharan Nair, here recently, Mr. Antony said democracy would become effective only if all sections in society got their due.

Tamil-speaking people formed a sizeable part of the population in Thiruvananthapuram and Idukki, the Chief Minister said. The Tamil population in the State was active in all walks of life.

Mr. Antony pointed out that the people of Tamil Nadu had also made remarkable contributions to the sectors of health, education, and industry in erstwhile Travancore too. Other than Thiruvananthapuram, Tamil-speaking people controlled the economy of Idukki district.

The Tamil population in the State had a legitimate grievance that their problems were not getting due attention since the democratic system came into being in Kerala. The former UDF Government had taken some steps to better their lot, but these measures had got caught in bureaucratic wrangles.

Mr. Antony said the State was now passing through a transitional stage. The people of Tamil Nadu too should become part of the process and help augment the development process here.

The Thiruvananthapuram Chamber of Commerce president, S.Chandran, Sankaralingam, the Tamil Sanghom leaders, V.Vinayaka Perumal, Muthuraman, and P.M.Abu Backer, the Thiruvananthapuram MP, V.S.Sivakumar, and B.Vijayakumar, MLA, addressed the function.

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