Karunanidhi gives free gas connections on I-Day
Poll promises seem to be coming true for people of TN as the CM announced their implementation.india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 14:27 IST
Fulfilling another major poll promise, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday, announced that free gas connections and free gas stoves would be given to poor families from the ensuing Pongal (harvest festival) on January 14 2007.
Addressing the public after hoisting the national flag at the historic St George Fort in Chennai, on the occasion of the 60th Independence day, he said the scheme, estimated to cost Rs 150 crore, would be implemented continuously after its launch. The government would bear the cost of deposits for the gas connections under the scheme, apart from providing gas stoves free of cost, he said.
"The poor and downtrodden use firewood and kerosene stoves and women in these households experience hardship while cooking. To ameliorate their suffering and bring relief and happiness to them, arrangements have been proposed for providing free gas connections and also free gas stoves to these poor families", Karunanidhi said.
Hesaid the government had decided to create software parks in cities like Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli through the Information Technology Department.
Noting that he had already announced the launch of free colour television scheme from September 15, the birth anniversary of DMK founder C N Annadurai and land distribution scheme from September 17, the birth anniversary of social reformist and Dravidar Kazhagam founder E V Ramasamy Periyar, he said,"we have implemented most of the assurances in the manifesto. We have chalked out a time-bound action plan to fulfill the few remaining assurances".