Hard work will take you to great heights: Palaniswami

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam with the award winners in Chennai today.

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today urged his party cadres to enlighten the public about the various government schemes.

Interacting with Ministers and members of Amma Peravai today at the AIADMK headquarters about the preparations for the birth anniversary celebrations of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Palaniswami said the party members should do as much as welfare works are possible on the former AIADMK supremo’s birthday on 24 February.

”If those in the Peravai work relentlessly like me, they can reach great heights,” he said. Palaniswami was also set to chair the first cabinet meeting of this year today evening. Sources said that the discussion will be focused on the preparation of the budget which will be presented in the Assembly in March.

”Since this is expected to be the full final budget before the 2021 Assembly elections, new announcements to be made will also be discussed during the meeting,” sources added.

Apart from this, discussions are also expected to be held about the granting of permission to various industries to start business in the State.

”Conducting the local body polls for the urban areas and the results of the civic polls in the rural areas will be discussed. Key issues like financial constraints, execution of the projects and the status of the ongoing schemes are also to be discussed,” sources added.

Meanwhile, Palaniswami presented the Thiruvalluvar Awards for 2020 at a function in Chennai today. N Nithyananda Bharathi received the Thiruvalluvar award for 2020. Gingee N Ramachandran, K Arjunan, M S Mathivanan, P Sivaraji, T Thenisai Chellapa, S Sundararajan and Manimekalai Kannan received the Thanthai Periyar Award, Ambedkar Award, Perarignar Anna Award, Kamarajar Award, Mahakavi Bharathiyar Award, Bharathidasan Award, Thiru Vi Ka Award and KAP Viswanatham Award, respectively.

Palaniswami also gave awards to the recipients of the Chithirai Thirunaal Awards for 2019. During the event, Palaniswami narrated a story about how a small girl was rewarded for her patience, and said that up and coming Tamil scholars who showcase their talent patiently will definitely be rewarded. He also listed out the various measures taken by the government to uplift the Tamil language.

”The State government has given Rs 10 crore for setting up of a Tamil Chair in Harvard University in USA. A scheme called as ‘Sorkuvai’ was announced by me in Tamilnadu Assembly. This aims to list out all the Tamil words in one platform and the work for this has been happening in a swift pace,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, senior Ministers and officials were present during the event.

NT Bureau