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Chennai, Jan 7 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin today today said Rs 132.12 crore has been released from the State Disaster Management Fund towards relief to farmers whose crops were damaged in recent rains.
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his
address, he said the DMK government always cared for the welfare of
Stating that several varieties of crops were damaged in the three-phase
rains that lashed the State since October 25, 2021, he said Rs 132.12 crore
has been released from SDMF for crops damaged in over 1.62 lakh hectares.
This would benefit more than 2.65 lakh small and marginal farmers and the
amount would be directly credit to the bank account of the farmers in one or
‘Though the Centre has not released funds from the NDRF towards relief,
the State government, taking into account the welfare of the farmers, has
released this amount from its own funds”, Mr Stalin said.
On the recent floods in Chennai due to heavy rains and release of surplus
waters from the reservoirs, Mr Stalin recalled the steps taken to minimise
the losses, including deaths, and said the government had immediately
release Rs 801 crore without waiting for the NDRF funds from the Centre.
He also announced allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for taking various works
in view of the damages caused by rains. The works in this regard will start
He also said the government was committed to save the people from
natural disasters and assured that by the time the next monsoon sets in
over the State, there would not be any sufferings for the people due to
He also listed out the steps taken by his government during the second
wave of COVID and said there was a significant increase in administering
vaccination doses, with more than eight crore jabs given to the people.
He said the government has made the vaccination drive as a movement
following which more than 80 per cent of the people have taken their
first doses and 67 per cent second doses.
Referring to concerns raised by the Opposition AIADMK members, the
Chief Minister assured that the ‘Amma Unavagams’ (Amma subsidised
canteens launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa), will not be shut.
Recalling various programmes launched by the erstwhile DMK regime which
were dropped after the AIADMK came to power, including converting the
new Assembly complex at Omandurar Estate as Multi-Speciality hospital and
closing down of Uzhavar Sandhais (Farmer shandys), Mr Stalin said the DMK
government would not close down any schemes launched by the previous
AIADMK regime and it has no such ideas.
On closure of Amma Clinics, he said “how can we close it when it is not
Referring to concerns raised by floor leaders of several parties on the
growing incidence of sexual assault on girl students and women, he
said the government has build the confidence among the women that
due action would be taken on all complaints given by them.
He said so far 2,363 POCSO cases were registered across the State. Of
the 338 cases registered in Chennai city, chargesheets were filed in respect
of 135 cases.
He said he had directed the police to expedite the trial in all these cases and
said in one case filed at Royapettah Police station in the city on May 19, 2021,
chargesheet was filed in 23 days, trail was held and verdict was given in 82 days
on August 31, 2021, he added.
On the employees protest by Taiwanese firm Foxconn over poor hostel and food
facilities, Mr Stalin said the government held talks with the company management
which has promised to take care of the welfare of the employees by providing all
basic facilities to them.
He said the facility is all set to resume manufacturing accessories for mobile
and Iphones on January 12.
Earlier, AIADMK members staged a walk out from the House protesting against
a Bill seeking to reduce the term of members elected through Cooperative
Societies from five to three years. Later, the Bill was passed by voice vote.
Later, Speaker M Appavu adjourned the House, which began with the Governor’s
address on January five, sine die.