TN CM hits back at Jaya on pension to freedom fighter issue

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Chennai, Aug 16 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today denied Opposition AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa's charge that the DMK Government was not concerned about the interests of freedom fighters and martyrs in the state.

Reacting to Ms Jayalalithaa's charge that the state government had refused to grant pension to a Ariyalur-based freedom figher Subramaniam, he alleged that it was during the revious Jayalalithaa regime that he had applied for pension, but no action was taken by that government.

Answering a set of questions, Mr Karunanidhi said the freedom fighter had applied for pension in 2002, when the AIADMK was in power and the government had not taken any decision on the petition till it went out of power in 2006.

In October 2005, during the Jayalalithaa regime, a letter was written to Mr Subramaniam, suggesting that he should approach the District Collector with necessary documents, but it was never delivered to him.

''Till date, the letter remains in the files,'' Mr Karunanidhi charged and accused Ms Jayalalithaa of hiding all these facts and blaming the DMK Government.

After the DMK came to power, Mr Subramaniam was asked to give a petition to the District Collector. As he had not enclosed the certificate regarding his imprisonment, the District Administration had informed Subramaniam that his case could not be recommended to the government for pension, he contended.

However, during the previous Jayalalithaa regime, a family of a policeman, who died in service, had to wait till the DMK came to power to get a solatium of Rs one lakh announced by Ms Jayalalithaa, Mr Karunanidhi pointed out.

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