DMK promises free TVs if voted to power
Chennai, Mar 29: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) today promised to give free colour television sets to every family and make available quality rice at Rs two per kg if it comes into power.
The party manifesto, released by DMK President M Karunanidhi, contained as many as 36 provisions which included maternity assistance to pregnant women at Rs 1,000 per month for six months and free gas stoves to all poor women if it was voted to power in the May eight Asssembly elections.
Education fee which was increased several fold will be reduced and restored to earlier levels. Free computer training to youth in rural areas, employment opportunities for three lakh youth to fill posts lying vacant in government departments and monthly financial assistance of upto Rs 300 per month to unemployed youth are among the other promises made by the DMK in its manifesto.
The party, which announced free electricity to farmers in its earlier regime, pledged to extend the concession to weavers.
The DMK, heading the six-party Democratic Party Alliance (DPA), said all cooperative loans to farmers will be waived and concessions to government employees restored, which were waived by the AIADMK government.
It also committed to provide reservations for Muslims and Christians in education and employment sectors.
The party said it will reduce the raised bus fares, reinstall the Kannagi statue removed by the ruling government and decrease cinema outdoor shooting charges.
The party lowed to re-establish the MGR Film City which according to it has been razed to ground by the Jayalalithaa regime.
The DMK would also declare the birthday of Kamarajar on July 15 as the day of 'Opening of educational eye' and organise celebrations in the schools, the manifesto said.
Asked if the party would fix any income limit for distribution of free colour TVs, Mr Karunanidhi said all families which do not have colour TVs would be given one. It was aimed at providing entertainment to women and improving their general knowledge, he said. The party would also provide quality rice at Rs two a kg to all family cardholders to ''make women feel happy at heart,'' he elaborated.
The party will provide financial assistance to families of government employees and road workers who lost their lives during agitations to get back their concessions and jobs respectively. It will also provide employment to their legal heirs.
The party would set up the third Police Commission to redress the grievances of the uniformed personnel besides implementing the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission as and when they were announced, he said.
Mr Karunanidhi pledged to fill up all the vacancies in government departments, schools, colleges and hospitals and abolish contract employment system.
The party seeks to provide immediate housing facilities to all fishermen and others affected by the December 26 tsunami adding opportunity will be given to all trained persons from all castes to act as 'archakas' in temples. The old age pension will also be increased to Rs 400 while pension for the physically handicapped will be hiked to Rs 500.
The party will also oppose Foreign Direct Investment in retail trade, the manifesto said.