The Congress-ruled Puducherry on Thursday rolled out a free breakfast scheme for school students named after the late DMK President M Karunanidhi, saying it was a “fitting tribute” to his efforts to make sure States’ rights.
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, typically at loggerheads with Lt Governor Kiran Bedi over a lot of points, mentioned the Constitution would by no means enable the Centre to intervene within the administration of opposition-ruled States via these appointed to the gubernatorial publish.
Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister of neighbouring Tamil Nadu, was keenly taken with growth of Puducherry and extra notably the downtrodden and marginalised sections, Narayansamy mentioned.
“He had been a champion of the concept of coalition rule at the Centre and autonomous rule at the state level,” the chief minister, who presided over the occasion, mentioned.
Senior DMK chief and Rajya Sabha member from Tamil Nadu, RS Bharathi, formally inaugurated the “Dr Kalaignar Mu Karunanidhi Kaalai Sitrundi Thittam” (Dr Kalaignar M Karunanidhi breakfast scheme) that may profit about 80,000 students in 419 authorities and aided establishments.
To begin with, the scheme would cowl about 106 colleges since not all of them are open owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Only students from lessons XI-XII are allowed to go to the establishments and that too for clarification and steerage.
Narayansamy mentioned Karunanidhi had even questioned the relevance of Governors for states, including the territorial authorities named the free breakfast scheme after the late DMK veteran as a “fitting tribute” to his sustained assist for the rights of the States.
The individuals of Puducherry would always remember Karunanidhi’s assist and cooperation to the union territory for its rights in Cauvery river water sharing and likewise to deal with a number of of its points, he added.
Hitting out on the Central BJP authorities, he alleged that these holding reins of the administration on the Centre have been indulging within the notion that they might intervene within the administration of opposition-ruled States.
“West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Punjab have witnessed this hidden agenda of the Centre. But the Constitution would never let the plan become a reality”, he asserted.
Launching the scheme, Bharathi thanked the Puducherry authorities for naming it after Karunanidhi. He assured his occasion’s cooperation to States on defending their rights.
Education Minister R Kamalakannan, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, Revenue Minister M O H F Shah Jahan, Education Secretary A Anbarasu and Director of School Education Rudra Goud have been amongst those that have been current.