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White Paper sought on files left uncleared by AIADMK regime

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DPA meeting says it resulted in many projects getting delayed



STRATEGY SESSION: DMK president M. Karunanidhi flanked by TNCC president M. Krishnasswamy (left) and Information and Publicity Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi coming out after a meeting of the DPA allies at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Wednesday. &# 151; Photo: R. Ragu

CHENNAI: A meeting of leaders of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) here on Wednesday resolved to ask the government for a White Paper on pending files left uncleared by the Jayalalithaa government.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, said that during the AIADMK regime the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had not signed thousands of files, resulting in many projects getting delayed and some individual government staff not getting justice.

The resolution noted that this was made public by Mr. Karunanidhi with documentary evidence. Hence, for people to know the "irresponsible" manner in which the AIADMK government functioned and for those in positions of responsibility — from the last grade employee to the Ministers — to realise the importance of clearing files pertaining to people's issues, a white paper needed to be prepared, it said.

Kerala stand `regrettable'

In other resolutions, the DPA described as "deeply regrettable" the stand of Kerala on the Mullaiperiyar issue and sought the cooperation of the Kerala Government in implementation of the Supreme Court order on Mullaiperiyar. (Though the apex court had allowed increase in the height of the dam from 136 feet to 142 feet, the Kerala government enacted a law to ensure that its verdict was not implemented.)

Another resolution adopted by the DPA leaders wanted all sections of society to join in the efforts to control the chikungunya meance. The government proposed to organise medical camps and awareness campaigns all over the State and people, non governmental organisations, workers, elected representatives and educational institutions should help in these, it said. To ensure better coordination among the parties during the run-up to the local body polls, each party would set up a headquarters committee and also committees at the district level.

The committees would function from Thursday.

TNCC president M. Krishnasswamy, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss, Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary N. Varadarajan, Communist Party of India state secretary D. Pandian and Tamil Nadu Maanila Indian Union Muslim League president K.M. Khader Mohideen were among those who attended the meeting.

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