Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, Oct 30 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said the State Government will persuade the Centre to name the Madurai International Airport after freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.
Presiding over the Thevar Jayanthi celebrations, organised by the State Government at Pasumpon village here, he said he would write to the Centre in this regard and also take up the issue during his Delhi trip. The V P Singh Government had given its nod for naming the Chennai International and Domestic Airports after later Chief Ministers C N Annadurai and K Kamaraj on his request, he recalled.
Stating that erecting statues and memorials for leaders would serve the purpose only if the people follow their principles, he recalled the yeoman services rendered by Thevar for the freedom of the country and the uplift of the downtrodden and the poor.
Mr Karunanidhi said the Government would review the demand of Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary N Varadarajan with regard to enhancing the monthly financial assistance being provided to students staying in Government hostels and make an announcement in the coming budget.
He pointed out that after the DMK Government assumed office, it had increased the monthly financial assistance for school students staying in Government hostels from Rs 300 to Rs 400 and for college students from Rs 400 to Rs 500. Similarly, the monthly miscellaneous assistance for school students was increased to Rs 25 from Rs 15 and Rs 35 from Rs 25 for college students, he added.
Later, he inaugurated the Muthuramalinga Thevar centenary celebration building and launched various development schemes.