FOR­EVER IN MEM­ORY

Chief Min­is­ter ‘Edap­padi’ K Palaniswami in­spects a statue of MGR made of veg­eta­bles and fruits in Salem on Satur­day

Sunday Express - - NEWS -

IN re­sponse to wide­spread crit­i­cism that low qual­ity of syl­labus was the rea­son for Tamil Nadu stu­dents not be­ing NEET-ready, Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami said that school syl­labus was all set to un­dergo a dras­tic re­vamp. Mak­ing no bones of his Cen­tre-friendly ap­proach, he jus­ti­fied it as M G Ra­machan­dran’s legacy.

De­liv­er­ing a speech at the MGR cen­te­nary func­tion here on Satur­day, the Chief Min­is­ter termed Tamil Nadu a lead­ing State in ed­u­ca­tion. “In the last six years, the num­ber of stu­dents pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion had gone up from 21 per cent to 44.32 per cent. It was one of the high­est in the coun­try,” said Palaniswami, adding that the school syl­labus from Class I to XII will un­dergo a re­vamp from the aca­demic year 2018-19. Tamil Nadu also ranked first in Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem, while it was in the fore­front in health­care, he said.

MGR had main­tained a po­lit­i­cal line of cor­dial­ity with the Cen­tre and shunned an an­tag­o­nis­tic po­si­tion. Such a line was nec­es­sary to get the State’s in­ter­ests ful­filled, said the Chief Min­is­ter and read out a list of ben­e­fits he was able to get for Tamil Nadu in the re­cent months, in­clud­ing 10 smart cities, over 69,000 houses un­der the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jana, up­grade of Salem air­port and new air­ports in Ho­sur and Neyveli un­der the re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity scheme.

“Un­like the Op­po­si­tion, which be­lieve in be­ing good with the Cen­tre only when en­joy­ing min­is­te­rial berths and turn­ing an­tag­o­nis­tic at other times, the AIADMK’s Cen­tre-State re­la­tion­ship is above per­sonal ben­e­fits,” said Palaniswami.

Re­fut­ing Op­po­si­tion leader Stalin’s charges that schemes an­nounced by Jay­alalithaa were not be­ing pur­sued, Palaniswami said lap­tops worth `340 crore have been dis­trib­uted to stu­dents. Un­der the mar­riage as­sis­tance scheme, 30,000 women have been given gold coins worth `103.42 crore. He also listed out farm loan waivers, farm in­put sub­si­dies, lake re­ju­ve­na­tion and silt re­moval schemes for the ben­e­fit of agri­cul­ture and added that his gov­ern­ment was farmer-friendly.

He took a dig at the DMK when he said the Cau­very Man­age­ment Board could not be con­sti­tuted when the DMK was part of the UPA gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre. Palaniswami also ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the Supreme Court would de­liver a fa­vor­able ver­dict on the is­sue.

Palaniswami said the Op­po­si­tion lead­ers con­tin­ued to speak with aban­don in pub­lic, lack­ing deco­rum. “They have time to talk, but I have time only to mind my work,” said the Chief Min­is­ter, stress­ing that he and his par­ty­men would fol­low the ex­am­ple of their men­tor MGR, while speak­ing in the pub­lic do­main.

Deputy CM O Pa­neer­sel­vam, Speaker P Dhana­pal, Min­is­ter for Fish­eries D Jay a ku­mar and Min­is­ter for Forests Dindigul C Srini­vasan were among those who were present. Col­lec­tor Ro­hini R de­liv­ered vote of thanks.

In the last six years, the num­ber of stu­dents pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion had gone up from 21% to 44.32%. It is one of the high­est in the coun­try Edap­padi K Palaniswami, Chief Min­is­ter

Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami at an ex­hi­bi­tion ar­ranged in con­nec­tion with the birth cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of former Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter M G Ra­machan­dran in Salem on Satur­day

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