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Jayalalithaa urges Center to sanction Rs 10,250 crore for flood victims

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the central government to sanction Rs 10,250 crore towards rehabilitation of the flood affected in the state.

Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu met the CM at the state secretariat.

At the meeting, Jayalalithaa highlighted certain critical areas with which the Naidu’s ministry is directly connected in the rehabilitation of the flood victims, a government release said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Naidu said the central government would provide the necessary support to the state while stressing that encroachments along the riverbanks have to be removed.

Jayalalithaa told Naidu that about 50,000 families living along the banks of the city’s waterways were affected by the floods and they have to be provided alternate accommodation.

According to her, the total expenditure will be around Rs 5,000 crore, and requested Naidu to provide financial aid as special grant for a massive housing project considering the magnitude of the devastation.

Jayalalithaa also sought a special package of Rs 750 crore to build a further 50,000 tenements for families living in slums in Chennai Metropolitan Area who lost their huts in the heavy rains.

Citing the extensive damage to roads, drinking water, sewerage and storm water drainage systems, Jayalalithaa urged the urban development ministry to grant a special package of Rs 4,500 crore for the flood affected urban local bodies in Tamil Nadu.

On November 23, Jayalalithaa sent a memorandum to Modi asking for central funding of Rs 8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate relief of Rs 2,000 crore.

Subsequently, a central government official team surveyed the flood damage.

Even after the team’s visit, heavy rains – the worst in a century – battered Chennai and Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts resulting in unprecedented floods.

The rains and floods killed 347 people since October 1, and 17.64 lakh people were rescued and housed in relief centers.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here, he announced a relief of Rs 1,000 crore in addition to the earlier Rs 940 crore.

According to Jayalalithaa, the Rs 940 crore included Rs 133.79 crore of arrears from 2014-15 towards the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs 254.62 crore towards the second installment of SDRF for the current fiscal. (IANS)

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A die-hard supporter of late Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa has built a temple in her memory in Thanjavur

The temple which is set to be opened in the next few days is named the temple ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Alayam’

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, Twitter

Thanjavur, Dec 13, 2016: In an area of about 150 square feet, a small temple was built near a statue of MGR on Mela Veedhi in Thanjavur. This is in the memory of none other than late Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.

A die-hard fan, M. Swaminathan, who is a former councillor and represented ward 18 of the Thanjavur Municipal Corporation. The temple which is set to be opened in the next few days is named the temple ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Alayam’.

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Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) demise was an unbearable loss. On the day of her death, I spent the whole evening in front of Apollo Hospitals and was heartbroken. I had great affection for Amma all these years and this is my way of paying my tribute to her,” he said to The Hindu.

A big portrait of Jayalalithaa will be present at the “sanctum sanctorum” and it will also have portraits of former Chief Ministers M.G. Ramachandran and C.N. Annadurai. Swaminathan mentioned that he started working on the temple on December 7 after paying homage to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai, the previous day.

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“Most of the work, except for some finishing touches, have been completed. The temple will be opened in the next few days after a few rituals,” he said to The Hindu.

A big sized statue of Jayalalithaa, made of bronze will be installed at the temple.  Further, there are arrangements made to keep a lamp lit perpetually over there. There will also be an audio system, which will play songs praising the late leader.

– prepared by NewsGram team

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Tamil Nadu to recommend late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s name for Bharat Ratna to the Union Government

The cabinet also decided to request the Union government to install a brass statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament's central hall

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, Twitter

Chennai, Dec 11, 2016: The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday decided to recommend to the Union government to confer the BharatRatna on late Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa.

A meeting of the state Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, passed a condolence resolution on Jayalalithaa’s death, and also passed a resolution to recommending to the central government that she be conferred the country’s highest honour.

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The cabinet also decided to request the Union government to install a brass statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament’s central hall.

The other decisions taken at the cabinet meeting were to build a memorial for Jayalalithaa at an outlay of Rs 15 crore; rename Bharat Ratnaj Dr MGR (M.G.Ramachandran) memorial to BharatRatna Dr.Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Selvi J.Jayalalithaa memorial. (IANS)

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Iron Lady of India: Jayalalithaa was an inspiration for Women, say Tamils in US

"Amma Jayalalithaa was a leader who has not only made an unrepeatable history in India and also become a true role model for millions of women to realise their power in public service and make betterment of the society and nation," Natarajan said

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, Twitter

Washington, December 7, 2016: The legacy of J Jayalalithaa will be fondly remembered forever. The iron lady who battled every odd in her life and most of the times won, lost the battle of life on Monday after fighting bravely and for, perhaps, a long period.
Indian-American Tamils have said with the diaspora condoling her demise and is sad by the loss of their beloved leader.

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Dr. Rajan Natarajan, who served as the Deputy Secretary of State in Maryland and now serving as the Commissioner of Transportation, said, “The legacy of the Iron Lady, as she is fondly remembered by many, who had rocked Indian politics, will be remembered forever. None has shown the courage which Jayalalithaa evinced in her political life.”

Natarajan, the first Indian-born Tamil American who served in the highest administrative position in the history US, said on Tuesday, “An authoritarian, a visionary and a leader full of guts and grit, she has left a huge void in Indian Politics. Amma (mother), as she was always fondly referred to by the masses, she is indeed a mother of many comebacks in her political life.”

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Natarajan interacted and worked with Jayalalithaa’s cabinet and her government officials when he was serving as Maryland’s chief diploamat. He worked with her on many projects like Sister State, education, energy, transportation, and medical technologies

He had led a 20-member business delegation from the US and also participated at the Global Investor Summit in 2015, upon her invitation. Natarajan said that it was his very first opportunity to meet Jayalalithaa in person. He also mentions that it was one of the shining moments for him and to admire her leadership,

“She is like the legendary bird Phoenix. Bounced back from every challenge, when the world thought she gone every time. I wish she could come back to life again like a Phoenix, throwing out the challenging god has imposed on her and to work on her dreams and vision to make them a reality.”

“Amma Jayalalithaa was a leader who has not only made an unrepeatable history in India and also become a true role model for millions of women to realise their power in public service and make betterment of the society and nation,” Natarajan said.
He mentioned her as an exemplary and extraordinary leader for the ordinary people. She was a leader for the poor and the middle class. And, implemented numerous welfare programs and rural development schemes for the ordinary citizens, which no other chief minister in any state still has been able to do.

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Natarajan said, “After Secretary Hillary Clintons meeting with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa back in 2013, Clinton mentioned she is incomparable and strongly determined leader, and she has been an embodiment of woman empowerment.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs