சட்டசபையில் கவர்னர் உரைக்கு நன்றி தெரிவிக்கும்போது ஜெயலலிதா கூறியவை.
While giving thanks to Governor’s address Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on 3-2-2012 told the assembly that there was nothing wrong in mandating Tamil for students of classes I to X in the state, and there would not be any change in the policy. “All those who study in Tamil Nadu, irrespective of their mother tongue, will have to study Tamil and there is no change in it,” Jayalalithaa said. Citing the cases of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, where the local language has been made mandatory in schools, the chief minister said it was not wrong to implement the same in Tamil Nadu. “We will ensure that schools have adequate teachers to teach Tamil and vacancies filled up
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa also accused the Centre, particularly Union home minister P Chidambaram, for their “indifference” towards the state’s welfare. Intervening during a debate in the state assembly, the chief minister recalled the requests made by the state to the Centre, seeking funds to take up relief and rehabilitation in the cyclone-hit districts of Cuddalore and Villupuram. As there was no response from the centre, despite repeated requests, the state took initiatives on its own, Jayalalithaa said.
The Centre, she said, released funds on the day when the state government issued advertisements in newspapers, seeking donations from the public for the relief works in the cyclone-hit areas.
“I don’t know whether the Centre felt ashamed and announced Rs 500 crore for relief works,” she said, while reacting to the CPI floor leader M Arumugam who felt that the Centre’s allocation of Rs 500 crore against the state’s original demand of over Rs 5,000 crore only showed its lack of concern for the state.
Vowing to retrieve Katchatheevu islet ceded to Sri Lanka by the Indian government in 1974, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said this was the ultimate solution to protect the traditional fishing rights of Tamil fishermen in the Palk Bay area and ensure their safety and security. Expressing concern over the continuing attacks on Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday told the assembly that she would not rest until Katchatheevu was retrieved.
Defending her decision to hike bus fares in the state, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said her attempt was only to prevent transport corporations from closing down. “Only because of this step, we have been able to save transport corporations. So we are able to ply bus services. Otherwise (if not for the price hike), we would have been forced to close down transport corporations. All would have been bankrupt,” the chief minister said. Let us all hope for a prosperous future of Tamil Nadu.