CHENNAI: Pointing out the observation by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on the action taken to close down Sterlite Copper in Thoothukudi following the police firing that claimed 13 lives, Leader of Opposition MK Stalin on Thursday demanded the government to take necessary steps, including a cabinet resolution to close the polluting unit permanently.
The issue raised a little heat in the House during zero hour as Speaker P Dhanapal expunged a particular term Stalin used, leading to an argument with the Chair who stated that a matter that was sub judice could not be discussed in the House as per rules.
talin said he was just reiterating the demand for a Cabinet resolution to permanently shut down the polluting firm.
Criticising the Speaker for expunging the remarks of Stalin, Deputy Leader of Opposition Durai Murugan felt it would be proper if the government stated whether it was taking steps for permanent closure or not. But, it was not fair to remove the remarks from the records. Later, DMK members, though looked agitated, settled down.
Kovai to get AC buses?
Chennai: Transport minister MR Vijayabaskar told the Assembly on Thursday that the State government would consider operating air-conditioned town buses in Coimbatore as and when the facility, now available only in Chennai city, is extended to other places. Transport Minister Vijayabaskar said this while responding to a question from AIADMK MLA PRG Arunkumar, who is representing Coimbatore North Assembly constituency.
DMK raises NEET issue again
Chennai: The DMK once again raised NEET and organ transplantation issues in the Assembly on Thursday. The party MLAs challenged Health minister Vijaya Baskar to submit a report as to how many from backward communities who studied in government schools got MBBS seat last year when compared to those who studied in private schools. The MLAs also raised organ transplantation issue to which the minister reiterated that he was ready to submit a White Paper in the House.
Villupuram rail bridge
Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami while responding to the concerns aired by
DMK MLA K Ponmudi in the Assembly on Thursday, said that a part of the construction work on the Villupuram rail bridge towards Chennai had been completed and another part towards Villupuram town would be completed soon after realigning the underground sewage system.
underground cable laying
Chennai: Electricity Minister P Thangamani assured DMK
working president and Leader of Opposition
MK Stalin in the Assembly on Thursday that the works for converting overhead electrical lines into underground cables in Kolathur Assembly constituency would be expedited after formulating the specifications for the trenchless method of laying cables.
Nutrition for pregnant women
Chennai: Nutrition kits scheme for pregnant women will be implemented through the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation soon, Health minister C Vijaya Baskar said on Thursday. The scheme will help fight anaemia in pregnant women which is still a challenge to the health department, said the minister during the discussion on the demands for grants for his department.