Stone laid for various development projects

Stalin extends Rs. 172-crore aid to 15,000 beneficiaries

“Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi will continue his tenure in office for the sixth term after winning in the ensuing general election. There is no doubt about that and people need not worry,” said Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.

He was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of various development projects, distribution of revolving funds to self-help groups and welfare scheme assistance to beneficiaries on the new bus stand premises here on Thursday.

An assistance of Rs. 172 crore was extended to as many as 15,000 beneficiaries through various schemes. Other assistance included revolving funds of Rs. 10.2 crore for members of 1,400 SHGs and Rs. 8.17 crore to 1,362 women SHGs, he said.

To fulfill the dreams of social reformist Thanthai Periyar, samathuvapurams were being established in various districts under the DMK rule.

The scheme was launched in 1996 by Mr. Karunanidhi to promote equality among the people.

The erstwhile AIADMK government led by general secretary Jayalalithaa dumped the scheme when it came to power in 2001, and the houses were not maintained properly. During the fifth tenure of DMK, an expenditure of Rs. 14.5 crore was made on maintenance, Mr. Stalin said.

The Kalaignar Health Insurance scheme was a big bonanza for the poor. It was playing a vital role in the society in catering to surgical needs of those who wanted to undergo life saving treatments. The poor, who could not afford expensive treatments, were able to undergo such treatments during the DMK regime, he said.

Referring to Kalaignar Housing scheme, he said huts in various districts of Tamil Nadu had been identified for conversion to concrete houses. The government had set aside Rs. 1,800 crore for establishing three lakh houses in the first phase.

Earlier, Mr. Stalin inaugurated the Thanthai Periyar Ninaivu samathuvapuram at Tharuvaikulam, tsunami houses at Maapilaioorani and Corporation office building near the old bus stand. He also visited the exhibition of SHG products before entering the venue.

P. Geetha Jeevan, Social Welfare Minister, S.R. Jayadurai, MP, Anitha R. Radhakrishnan MLA (Tiruchendur), K.K.S.S. Ramachandran, Backward Class Minister, Collector G. Prakash spoke.

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