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