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Jaya announces probe into 'irregularities' in DMK project

The Jayalalithaa government on Friday served up a bitter birthday gift to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who turned 88, with a committee to probe irregularities in the construction of the new Tamil Nadu assembly and secretariat building and scrapping Kalaignar insurance scheme. HT reports.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2011 18:56 IST
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The Jayalalithaa government on Friday served up a bitter birthday gift to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who turned 88, with a committee to probe irregularities in the construction of the new Tamil Nadu assembly and secretariat building and scrapping Kalaignar insurance scheme.

These were among the announcements contained in governor Surjit Singh Barnala’s inaugural address to the newly constituted 14th Tamil Nadu assembly. In his address, the governor said the building was inaugurated in March this year even before it was completed. The new complex was constructed at a cost of Rs 1000 crore.

Declaring that the Jayalalithaa government will function out of the old secretariat building at the Fort St George, Barnala said the government has decided to set up a probe by a retired judge to go into complaints of poor quality of construction, cost overruns and wasteful expenditure on the project.

All construction activity on the site has been halted to facilitate the probe, governor said. The government has also decided to scrap the Kalaignar Housing Scheme that envisaged conversion of thatched huts into concrete structures, a pet project of Karunanidhi. Instead, the government will implement a green house scheme. Built on 300 sq.ft the concrete houses will be built at an outlay of Rs.180,000 by the government., he said.

Reacting to the governor’s address, former deputy chief minister and Karunanidhi’s son, MK Stalin, said “the DMK had faced many inquiries before, and we will face this one as well.” He described the governor’s address as lack lusture and said it sounded more like the election manifesto of the AIADMK.