People want AIADMK government to continue: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Jan 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said people were of the view that her government should continue.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to Governor K. Rosaiah’s address in the assembly, Jayalalithaa said that in 2011, people wanted a change and brought about a change by voting the AIADMK to power.

“We have fulfilled the expectations of the people who brought about the change. Hence people are thinking that this government should continue,” she said.

According to her, the government has been working for the people for the past 56 months.

She said it would need 36 days of the assembly session to list out the achievements of the 36 departments in the Tamil Nadu government.

She said the previous DMK government, in the guise of people’s welfare, only enhanced the “family welfare”.

Jayalalithaa said the AIADMK government has fulfilled all the poll promises made.

She said at an outlay of Rs.22,028.02 crore, the government has implemented schemes like free green houses (over 2.62 lakh houses, Rs.,5159.12 crore), free cows (59,905 cows, Rs.210 crore), free goats (over 6.95 goats), free mixer/grinder, fans to over 1.63 families (Rs.6,553 crore), free laptops to over 32.67 lakh students (Rs.5,612.52 crore) free cycles to students (Rs.1,057.85 crore) and marriage assistance to over 7.72 girls (Rs.2,537.74 crore).

Jayalalithaa said that under the marriage assistance scheme to poor girls, a total of 2,844 kg gold at four grams per girl was given to over 7.72 lakh girls.

On the Cauvery river water issue, Jayalalithaa said her government took steps to get the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal notified in the official gazette by the central government.

She also said it was due to the strong arguments put before the apex court that a favourable judgement was obtained in the Mullaperiyar Dam case to store water upto 142 feet.

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