Stalin inaugurates Samathuvapuram in Villupuram district

Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday stressed the need for the country to emerge as a Samathuvapuram (village of equality) and said Tamil Nadu and its Dravidian model would show the way to achieve this goal.

The Samathuvapuram concept was designed to ensure an egalitarian society and all should work together to make the Samathuvapuram model of Tamil Nadu an example for the rest of the country, he said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Periyar Samathuvapuram in Kozhuvari and new projects in Ozhanthiyapattu near Vanur in the district.

Mr. Stalin said that the concept of Samathuvapuram was introduced by the late DMK Patriarch and former Chief Minister Mr. Karunanidhi in 1997. Affirming that Tamil Nadu remained a forerunner in implementing progressive programs across the country, Mr. Stalin said that you have to realize that this is the “Dravidian” model.

The government had planned to establish 298 Samathuvapurams across the state. Although funds were allocated for the same, the successive AIADMK government kept the project in cold storage. The AIADMK not only abandoned the program, but also failed to maintain existing ones. “As a son of Kalaignar, I have now inaugurated the Samathuvapuram in the district,” he said.

The fact that Tamil Nadu has remained in a dark period for the past 10 years has been proven by the previous AIADMK government which left Samathuvapurams in total neglect. The concept of Samathuvapuram has been accepted by the people and this has been demonstrated by 90% of the beneficiaries living on the same campus in harmony, he said, adding that funds have been allocated to renovate the existing Samathuvapurams.

In the same vein, the Anna Marumalarchi Thittam and Namakku Naame Thittam, introduced by the DMK, were also suppressed by the AIADMK government. The government is now reviving these schemes, he said.

Recalling his recent visit to Dubai, the Chief Minister said that in a conversation with Tamils, he convinced them to stick together as Tamils ​​without giving room for differences in caste and religion. “The Government of Tamil Nadu is committed to equal development and equal opportunity for all,” he said.

Mr. Stalin said the country should become a Samathuvapuram so that all obstacles created by caste and religion are eradicated. On the occasion, the Chief Minister also inaugurated infrastructure projects worth ₹24 crore and distributed social assistance worth ₹42.70 crore to 10,722 beneficiaries.

Later, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for a shoe park at SIPCOT Industrial Estate at Belakuppam near Tindivanam at ₹500 crore.

Ministers PR Periyakaruppan, K. Ponmudi, KS Masthan, Principal Secretary of Government, Rural Development, P. Amudha, Director of Rural Development Praveen P. Nair, Villupuram Collector D. Mohan and officials attended the occasion.