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Welfare schemes and DMK vendetta: Jaya turns 100

india Updated: Aug 28, 2011 12:02 IST

Jayalalithaa's first 100 days in office, after storming back to power in Tamil Nadu with a landslide mandate, saw a mixed bag of unveiling welfare measures and reversal of pet schemes of the previous DMK regime, besides a crackdown on land grabbing.

The AIADMK supremo started her third innings as chief minister on May 16 by inking seven files to give effect to key electoral promises, including free 20 kg rice to family card holders.

In her first major policy decision, Jayalalithaa dumped the Rs 1,200 crore new Assembly Secretariat, a pet project of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, citing administrative reasons and announced that she would function from the 17th century Fort St George, a move dubbed as political vendetta by DMK.

She also ordered a probe into alleged irregularities into the construction of the complex, inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March last year.

Later, she announced setting up of a multi-super speciality hospital and a new government medical college in the sprawling complex, putting at rest speculation on the fate of the incomplete structure.

Other pet schemes of DMK regime such as medical insurance for the poor, free colour television and housing were also scrapped by Jayalalithaa, though insurance and housing schemes have been replaced with new ones.