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TVs to those not owning one from Sept 15: TN CM

Karunanidhi also said students of unaided schools would be extended the benefit of the free text books from this academic year.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 15:17 IST

Fulfiling the DMK's election promise, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today told the state assembly that his government would provide colour TVs to families not owning a set from September 15.

Global tenders would be floated for the purchase of these sets and a committee of legislators formed to decide the tenders and to monitor the implementation of the scheme, which would be implemented in phases, he said.

Karundanidhi was replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the state assembly.

All defamation cases filed by the previous AIADMK government against political parties and cases filed under the Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance act would be immediately withdrawn, he said.

The previous government had filed 342 defamation cases and two cases under TESMA, he said adding 147 cases were filed against DMK, 87 against MDMK, 14 against Congress, seven against PMK, three against DPI and two each against the CPI, BJP and one against Janata Dal. Nine cases had been filed against media personnel and media organisations.

The cases against the employees of the state Civil Supplies Corporation would also be withdrawn. Orders withdrawing the cases would be issued on Tuesday, he said.

Over 13,000 public welfare workers, retrenched by the AIADMK government, would be reinstated and their salary would be hiked by Rs 200, he said.

Karunanidhi said students of unaided schools would be extended the benefit of the free text books from this academic year.

One hundred government middle schools and an equal number of high schools would upgraded as high schools and higher secondary schools respectively, he said adding orders for upgradation would be issued in June to avoid any inconvenience to students.

All matriculation schools in the state would be allowed to start Tamil medium sections from this year, he said.

Charging the previous AIADMK government with showing undue consideration to a distillery, owned by the relatives of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa's aide Sasikala, he said in 2005-06,the government purchased 51.04 lakh bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor from it, reducing purchases from other distilleries year by year, he said.

He said the supply from the MIDAS distillery has been stopped after the assembly polls.

The distillery, which had a turnover of Rs 146 crore in 2003-04, when it was started, registered a turnover of Rs 600 crore in the last fiscal, he said.

Farmers, whose co-operative loans had been waived, would be given 'no due certificates' by the primary agricultural co-operatives concerned, which would enable them to raise fresh crop loans. All the primary co-operatives would be given enough funds before June 12 for issuing crop loans to farmers to start agricultural operations.

First Published: May 30, 2006 15:17 IST