TN CM announces new varsity, DMK objects

Chennai: During the last day of the Assembly session Wednesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced creation of a new University with Villuppuram as headquarters by bifurcating the Tiruvalluvar University, which was objected to by the Opposition DMK.

Refuting Deputy Leader of the Opposition Duraimurugan charge attributing motives for the bifurcation, the Chief Minister said there was no motive in it and it was being done to fulfill the long pendng demand of the people of Villuppuram district.

Palaniswani also listed out various welfare schemes launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for the welfare of women and children, including the pioneering cradle baby scheme, free two-wheeler scheme for working women, free gold scheme for women’s marraige along with cash assistance, besides setting up of All Women Police stations, Fast Track Mahila Courts to prevent crimes against women and to protect their rights, among others.

Making a Statement Under Rule 110 in the State Assembly on behalf of the Social Welfare department, Palaniswami the minimum jail term for deaths due to dowry harassment under Sec 304-B of IPC would be increased from the present seven years to ten years and for those disrobing women, the jail term under Sec 354-B of IPC would be a minimum of five years from the present three years and the maximum jail term would be increased from seven years to ten years.


NT Bureau