TN this Week: ‘Don’t Take Farm Land for Airport’ Say, Parandur Villagers


The Tamil Nadu government had announced Rs 1,000 cash plus one kg of raw rice and sugar as a Pongal gift to all cardholders in the state. The gift distribution will be launched on January 2, 2023.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on December 22 ordered officials to screen all passengers arriving in Tamil Nadu at the international airport due to the increased spread of COVID-19 cases.

In a minor relief to health workers working in the National Urban Life Mission (NULM), a division bench of the Madras High Court directed the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to increase the daily wages paid to the workers from Rs 427. per day Rs.500 per day.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]On December 19, Tamil Nadu flagged the issue of layoff of IT workers in the state and asked the Central and State governments to enact a special law to protect the rights of IT workers.

On December 6, the anniversary of his death, a common wear officer of the Hindu Makkal Katchi, who was arrested for putting up posters of BR Ambedkar with saffron clothes, is under the Tamil Nadu Goondas Act.

In the 13th Tamil Nadu State Conference of the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) held in Salem district on December 18 and 19, several resolutions were passed against the anti-people policies of the Union government. Read more

NewsClick brings you a roundup of what happened in Tamil Nadu this week.

‘DON’T TAKE THE BASTARD LAND’

Annur Taluk, Coimbatore A section of farmers associated with Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam staged a march from Akkarai Sengapalli to Vadakkalur on December 18 to demand the establishment of an industrial park without acquiring agricultural land.

The state government has heeded the request of the farmers. Poovulagin Nanbargal has asked the government to make a similar announcement regarding the Parandur airport issue as well.

Hundreds of villagers from Parandur, Ekanapuram marched towards Kancheepuram Collectorate on December 19 to protest against the proposed plan to build an airport in Parandur. Read more

SUGAR CANA FARMERS ASK THEM TO RETIRE

Tension prevailed in Thanjavur on September 21 after police arrested 200 sugarcane farmers who tried to besiege the Collectorate to order the district administration to release debts owed to the Thiru Arooran Sugar factory. Read more

Sugarcane farmers have demanded the state government to purchase and distribute sugarcane through ration shops for the Pongal festival.

BIG INCREASE IN ROAD DEATHS

Tamil Nadu recorded the highest increase in road deaths in 2021, a road transport ministry report submitted to the Rajya Sabha shows.

Tamil Nadu has recorded 15,384 road deaths in 2021 compared to 10,525 deaths in 2019.

INTERVENTION IN SCHOOLS

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin launched the ‘Namma School Foundation’ on December 19 and appealed to philanthropists to help in the development of schools. Read more

70% of Tamil Nadu’s 58,801 government, government and private and other schools do not have toilets suitable for children with special needs.

The state government also launched the ‘Quality Component – Safety and Security’ initiative to instill confidence among students to continue their studies. It aims to reach around 20 thousand students in over 31,000 government schools.

EPS SENT LEGAL NOTICE TO OPS

Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS), Interim General Secretary of Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) of India, sent a legal notice to former party coordinator O Panneerselvam (OPS) on 20 December.

The statement said that OPS had shared a “fraudulent and illegal notice” issued under AIADMK cover, which was circulated in the media and online.

Following last week’s protests, the AIADMK held demonstrations in the northern districts of the state against the rise in prices of essential commodities and hike in electricity tariffs.

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