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Puducherry govt rolls out free breakfast scheme for school students named after Karunanidhi – education

Puducherry, governed by Congress, launched a free breakfast plan for students at the school named after the late DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday, saying it was a “fitting tribute” to his efforts to secure rights. of the States.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, often at odds with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on a number of issues, said that the Constitution would never allow the Center to intervene in the administration of opposition-ruled states through appointees of governor.

Karunanidhi, a former chief minister from neighboring Tamil Nadu, was very interested in the development of Puducherry and more particularly in the oppressed and marginalized sections, Narayansamy said.

“He had been an advocate of the concept of coalition government in the Center and self-government at the state level,” said the prime minister, who chaired the event.

DMK Senior Leader and Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu, RS Bharathi, formally launched the “Dr. Kalaignar Mu Karunanidhi Kaalai Sitrundi Thittam ”(Dr. Kalaignar M Karunanidhi’s breakfast program) that will benefit some 80,000 students in 419 government and assisted institutions.

For starters, the scheme would encompass around 106 schools as not all are open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only students of classes XI-XII can visit the institutions and that too for clarification and guidance.

Narayansamy said that Karunanidhi had even questioned the relevance of the governors to the states, adding that the territorial government named the free breakfast scheme in honor of the late DMK veteran as a “fitting tribute” to his sustained support for the rights of citizens. state.

The people of Puducherry would never forget Karunanidhi’s support and cooperation to the union territory for its rights in the exchange of water from the Cauvery River and also to address several of its problems, he added.

Striking the central government of the BJP, he alleged that those who held the reins of administration in the Center were indulging in the idea that they could intervene in the administration of states ruled by the opposition.

West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Punjab have all witnessed this hidden agenda of the Center. But the Constitution would never let the plan come true, “he said.

In launching the plan, Bharathi thanked the Puducherry government for naming him after Karunanidhi. He ensured his party’s cooperation with the states to protect their rights.

The Minister of Education, R Kamalakannan, the Minister of Social Welfare, M Kandasamy, the Minister of Finance, Shah Jahan, the Secretary of Education, A Anbarasu, and the Director of School Education, Rudra Goud, were among those present.

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