CM plays down PMK's remarks as 'constructive criticism'

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Chennai, Dec 4 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today made light of the critical remarks made by alliance leader and PMK founder S Ramadoss on the medicos issue and said he had taken it as 'constructive criticism.' Replying to a question, he said the criticism levelled by the PMK leader helped the government interact with the Ministers and officials concerned to rectify the mistakes.

''Definitely it helps the government to rectify the mistakes,'' he said and added that there was no need to bother about the charges being levelled against the government daily.

''Personally, I am taking Dr Ramadoss' charges as constructive criticism,'' he added.

The PMK leader had alleged that the strike by the medicos was allegedly instigated by the DMK and questioned why the government did not come forward to close the colleges and hostels.

He had also said that since the medicos were agitating for the last three months, one wondered whether there existed a Health Minister in the state.

Asked about the Andhra Pradesh government's move to revive the Rs 2 a kg rice scheme from April 2008, Mr Karunanidhi welcomed it and said he was doubly happy that Tamil Nadu was the first state in the country to launch such a scheme.

''The Congress party in its manifesto for the Gujarat Assembly polls has promised to provide free ration, free CTVs and various other schemes to the people if it was voted to power,'' he said.

''I am happy that the DMK Government is functioning as a role model for other States,'' he added.

On actor-politician Vijayakanth's poser on the total number of people given employment by the government, Mr Karunanidhi said a total of 2,28,149 people have been given jobs after the DMK assumed office in May 2006.

He said the DMK after coming to power, had revoked the ban on recruitment imposed by the previous AIADMK government and appointments have been made in various departments including, Rural Development, Municipal Administration, School Education, Electricity Board, Highways and Transport departments.

Moreover, the government had signed MoUs to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore with various MNCs, which would generate thousands of job opportunities, he noted.

''A total of 2,28,140 were already appointed. Besides this, assistance have been given to jobless youths,'' he recalled.

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