THANJAVUR: Tamil Nadu government is trying to undermine Kamaraj birth anniversary falling on July 15, which should be celebrated as 'education development day (Kalvi Valarchi Naal)' every year, said R. Mutharasan, CPI state secretary here on Sunday. He told presspersons that July 15 was declared as education development day by former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi who passed a resolution in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and enacted a law also.
But a circular now issued by director of school education based on the order of central government says that the day (July 15) should be celebrated as water
conservation, rain water harvesting and students awareness day.
"Tamil Nadu government is acting at the behest of central government. This is condemnable. There are many days in a year when water conservation, rainwater harvesting, students awareness day can be celebrated. So Tamil Nadu Government should celebrate July 15 i.e. Kamaraj's birthday as
'education development day', he demanded.
He also said that CPI was against one tribunal idea to deal with all river water issues. "One tribunal, one country, one election, one ration card etc shows the dictatorial attitude of the Central government. This is a democratic country" he said. Regretting that relief had not reached fully the people affected by Gaja cyclone in November last year, he said that his party will organise demonstrations in Pattukottai, Peravurani and Orathanadu areas on July 30 demanding relief to the cyclone-hit.
"Lakhs of trees have fallen. In many places fallen trees are yet to be removed. According to government statistics 86,000 huts and 54,000 tiled houses had been damaged in the cyclone in Thanjavur district. Though Tamil Nadu government asked for Rs 15,000 crore as relief, centre sanctioned only 1,146 crore," Mutharasan added....