Chennai, Apr 18 (UNI) Expressing anguish over the death of professor G V Loganathan in the Virginia tech massarce on Monday, the Tamil Nadu Government today announced in the Assembly that it would bear the entire expenditure of his family members' visit to the United States to attend his funeral.
Replying to a special call attention motion moved by the AIADMK, Congress, PMK and the Left Parties, Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy said though Prof Loganathan hailed from a modest family at Karattadipalayam near Gobichattipalayam in Erode district, he had excelled in education and obtained a Doctorate degree.
He said nine members of Loganathan's family, including his parents and three brothers, approached the Government seeking help to visit the US to attend his funeral.
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had deputed a special officer to help them get passports and visas immediately, he said and added the Chief Minister's Secretariat had also approached the US Consulate here to issue emergency visas to them.
The US Consulate had assured the Government that visas would be issued immediately once the family members received their passports, he added.
Mr Veerasamy said the Government would also take flight tickets for all nine family members and bear the entire travel expenditure.
Earlier, AIADMK whip K A Sengottaiyan, Mr C Gnanasekaran (Congress), Mr Ramakrishnan (MDMK), Mr V Sivapunniyam (CPI), Mr Velmurugan (PMK), Mr C Govindasamy (CPI-M) and Selvam (DPI) condoled the death of prof Loganathan and urged the Tamil Nadu Government to extend all possible help to the bereaved family to attend his funeral in the US.
Mr Gnanasekaran urged the Government to unveil a portrait of Mr Loganathan at Modakurichi Government High School, his alma mater, as a mark of respect to him.