On Karunanidhi's 98th birth anniversary, Tamil Nady Chief Minister and the late politician's son MK Stalin flagged off a slew of new welfare schemes that will be distributed among the public as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
As the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) celebrates the 98th birth anniversary of party founder M Karunanidhi who passed away on August 7, 2018, due to age-related illnesses, Tamil Nadu chief minister and Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin along with other party leaders visited his father's memorial in Chennai and paid tributes. In a message posted on the DMK's Twitter handle, Stalin said, "Celebrating the birthday of the artist who is indelibly imprinted on our hearts."
கலைஞர் நினைவிடம்- முரசொலி அலுவலகம்- கோபாலபுரம்-சி.ஐ.டி காலனி இல்லங்களில் தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களுக்கு மரியாதை, 38000 மரக்கன்றுகள் நடும் திட்டம், மாற்றுத்திறனாளிகள்- மாணவர்களுக்கு நலத்திட்ட உதவிகள் எனத் தொடங்கியது #KalaignarForever.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) June 3, 2021
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A key announcement was the launch of a 500-bed multi-speciality hospital in south Chennai, a Kalaignar memorial library in Madurai worth Rs 70 crore and a Rs 30 crore paddy procurement and storage facility in Tiruvarur.
Stalin also announced the construction of "dream houses" for renowned writers and contributors in Tamil who are recipients of prestigious national awards such as the Sahitya Akademi. Additionally, Rs 5,000 incentive would be given to over 1.7 lakh police personnel employed in the State and Rs 25lakh will be given to families of police staff who have lost their lives on COVID duty, for their tireless efforts during COVID-19.
In a key move, Stalin also kicked off the second-phase distribution of Rs 2,000 to all ration cardholders in the State and promised Rs 4,000 to all temple priests and workers who do not have an assured monthly stipend. Rs 10 lakh financial aid promised to frontline workers including journalists who lost their lives to COVID-19. The DMK-led Tamil Nadu government launched a kit containing 14 grocery items under the ‘Chief Minister in your constituency’ scheme today.
தமிழ்நாட்டில் 2,09,81,900 அரிசி குடும்ப அட்டைதாரர்களுக்கு #COVID19 நிவாரணத்தொகையின் இரண்டாம் தவணையாக தலா ரூ.2000 மற்றும் 14 அத்தியாவசிய மளிகைப்பொருட்கள் அடங்கிய தொகுப்பு வழங்கும் திட்டத்தை இன்று #HBDKalaignar98 நாளில் தொடங்கி வைத்தேன்.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) June 3, 2021
மக்கள் நலன் காக்க சொன்னதைச் செய்கிறது அரசு! pic.twitter.com/HxUEee6N58
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Karunanidhi contested in 12 Assembly polls and had personally until his demise in 2018 never lost a single election. He entered the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly at the age of 33, representing the Kulithalai constituency and has since served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu between 1969-1971, 1971-1976, 1989-1991, 1996-2001 and finally during 2006-2011.
Karunanidhi's affinity and knowledge in literature was also widely regarded as a strength that propelled him and his friend-turned-competitor MG Ramachandran. He is known to have extensively worked in the Tamil film industry and has either penned dialogues or written the screenplay for over over 60 films from 1947 all the way up to 2011.
Karunanidhi has worked on films as a lyricist for nearly 10 films and penned more than 100 books of prose and poetry, which include Sanga Thamizh, Thirukkural Urai, Ponnar Sankar, Romapuri Pandian, Thenpandi Singam, Vellikizhamai, Nenjukku Needhi, Iniyavai Irubathu and Kuraloviam.