TAMIL NADU

Samathuvapurams for egalitarian society: Stalin

ONE MORE: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurating a Samathuvapuram near Radhapuram on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Staff Reporter

Opens seventh such colony in Tirunelveli district

TIRUNELVELI: Samathuvapurams, which were established when the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was in power in 1997 with the objective of creating an egalitarian society, were allowed to go into ruin by the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin charged on Tuesday.

Addressing a function at Radhapuram, Mr. Stalin, who inaugurated the district’s seventh Samathuvapuram at ‘Paavaenthar Bharathidasan Nagar,’ said after the decision was taken by the then Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to inaugurate a Samathuvapuram in every Assembly constituency, 145 egalitarian housing colonies were established across the State. The AIADMK, during its tenure between 2001 and 2006, never took even basic minimum care to protect these colonies from ruin.

Sensing the situation at the Samathuvapurams, the DMK government allotted Rs.14.50 crore when it returned to power in 2006 and established 95 more such colonies to mark E.V. Periyar’s 95th birth anniversary.

“We are taking these efforts to create a society without caste or religious boundaries,” Mr. Stalin said.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who also inaugurated a bus stand, costing about Rs.71 lakh, at Radhapuram, heaped encomiums on Radhapuram MLA M. Appavu for purchasing 90 cents of land from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department by spending Rs.4.60 lakh of his own money for the public utility.

He, however, did not unveil the statues of Muthuvelar and Anjugam Ammal on the bus terminus premises, also installed by Mr. Appavu. “As the Chief Minister contacted me and the District Collector over the phone this morning to order us not to unveil the statues of his parents at the bus stand, we did not open them. As the naming of this bus stand after Muthuvelar and Anjugam Ammal, following a resolution passed by the local body concerned in this connection, was politicised by a few people, we want to refrain from this controversy and did not unveil the statues.”

Speaker R. Avudaiyappan; Ministers T.P.M. Maideen Khan and Poongothai Aladi Aruna; MLAs V. Karuppasamy Pandian, N. Maalairaja and S. Peter Alphons; and District Collector M. Jayaraman spoke.

Mr. Stalin disbursed welfare measures, including free house site pattas, orders for monthly assistance for widows, destitute women, old-age pension, accident victims’ relief, marriage assistance and maternity assistance to the tune of Rs.97.67 lakh to 1,736 beneficiaries.

He also laid foundation stone for 29 new projects to be executed at a cost of Rs.10.54 crore and inaugurated 484 development schemes completed at a cost of Rs.13.49 crore.

Earlier, Mr. Stalin unveiled a life-size bronze statue of K. Kamaraj at Koodankulam. Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project director K.C. Purohit and others greeted Mr. Stalin with shawls.

Linking of rivers

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Stalin said a project to link the Tamirabharani – Karumaeniyar – Nambiyar rivers in the district to benefit dry regions of Radhapuram, Nanguneri and Sattaankulam would be completed by 2012.

The Rs.369-crore project was designed to take excess water of the perennial river to rain shadow regions of Nanguneri and Radhapuram taluks in Tirunelveli district and Sattankulam taluk in Tuticorin district.

Apart from fulfilling the drinking water requirements of a few hundreds of villages, the project would also irrigate 23,040 acres of land, the Deputy Chief Minister noted.