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Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa announces funds for church, mosque renovation under WAKF board

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on 18 September, announced funds for renovation of churches and mosques under the WAKF board.

She also unveiled welfare measures for members of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, including 'quick electricity connections' to 1,000 Adi Dravida (SC community) farmers.

Pointing out that the party had promised to give funds for carrying out renovation and repair of churches in the run up to 16 May assembly election, Jayalalithaa said a sum of Rs. 1 crore would be allotted for the purpose. In an official release, she also referred to a similar assurance for refurbishment and repair of mosques and darghas under WAKF by creating a corpus.

The state presently disbursed Rs. 60 lakh per annum for renovation of mosques and darghas under WAKF, she noted.

"Now, in tune with the electoral promise, a corpus will be created. I have ordered release of Rs. 3 crore for the corpus fund."

Through such initiatives, the places of worship of minorities will get a facelift, she said.

Ordering electricity connection for pumpsets to 1,000 farmers belonging to Scheduled Castes, under a plan to provide quick power supply, she said the aggregate deposit of Rs. 7.50 crore that has to be remitted to TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation) by the riots will be borne by State-run Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Limited.

For the benefit of students, she ordered construction of a hostel building for a Tribal residential school at Karumanthurai in Salem District, and increased the strength of girl students in the school to 200 from 135.

She also announced several other measures which included setting up of 'Smart Class Rooms' in 25 schools for tribals at an outlay of Rs. 1.29 crore.


First published: 18 September 2016, 5:44 IST