Friday, 15 August 2014

My govt protects and uplifts poor, Jayalalithaa says in her Independence Day speech

CHENNAI: Unfurling the tricolor for the 14th time in her political career at Fort St George here, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday said her government had ensured that the voice of the poor was heard in the assembly.

Delivering her speech on the occasion of 68th Independence Day, the chief minister said the voice of poor would not be heard was an old adage.

"The new saying is that only the voice of poor gets heard in Fort St George," she said, recalling the efforts of her government in resisting GAIL's move to lay pipeline in agricultural lands in seven districts, a methane exploration project in Thanjavur, field trials of GM crop and foreign direct investment in retail trade.

"My government protects and uplifts the poor," she said, amid cheers from the gathering.

She went on to list the welfare measures introduced by her government, including free rice, social security pension, free milch cows, solar-powered green houses, marriage assistance, Amma canteens and mineral water, besides huge allocation made for school education in the current fiscal.

"Health indexes have shown great improvements. The state has seen tremendous progress in agri sector, and several long term schemes are implemented in industries sector to promote employment and self-employment opportunities," she said.

The chief minister announced a hike in freedom fighter pension by Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 for family pension, benefiting 1,955 members. Special pension has been hiked to Rs 4,500 from the present Rs 2,000 to the descendants of freedom fighters Veerapandia Kattabomman, Maruthu brothers, Muthuramalinga Vijaya Raghunatha Sethupathy and V O Chidambaram.

Variety rice menu with egg would be extended to all noon meal centres and anganwadis, she said.

Jayalalithaa, who arrived at 8.45am, was received by chief secretary Mohan Varghese Chunkanth. He introduced her to the representatives of armed forces and police. She took salute at the guard of honour presented by various contingents of police, including women commandos. Later, she inspected the line of contingents. nadu,poor,Jayalalithaa,Independence day



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