Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has assured to double the worki-ng days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA), from 100 days and also ensure the interests of the minorities were safeguarded.
The CM who is on hectic tour of the State addressing poll rallies in support of the AIADMK-led combine’s candidates on Saturday said steps would be taken to link up the Godavari Cauvery rivers to ensure water to Tamil Nadu. At Koothanallur near Tiruvarur, a group from the Muslim community was in the reception committee to receive the CM.
“The AIADMK will ensure that nothing will go against the interests of the minorities, especially the Muslims. The Triple Talaq (bill) would have gone through but for the AIADMK’s opposition,” Mr. Palaniswami said wearing a skull cap (Muslim cap) at Tiruvarur. This, he said went to prove that the AIADMK will not blindly support the BJP if it went against the interests of the minorities, particularly the Muslims.
The State government has taken extensive steps for water resource conservation and management as the government has accorded top priority for the welfare of farmers. Desiltation works had been taken up at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore in delta districts.
He said a special team headed by four experts has been set up to identify places where check dams have to be constructed with a view to preventing rain water from flowing into the sea during the monsoon season.
“We are determined to implement a new combined water scheme for this area,” he said while campaigning for the party’s candidate from Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha constituency, S. Asaimani.
The party’s R. Jeevanandam is contesting the by-election at Tiruvarur Assembly constituency....