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DMK wants Tamil refugees made permanent residents

T. Ramakrishnan

— Photo: R. Ragu

(From left) Ponnambala Adigalar, V.C. Kulandaisamy, K. Veeramani, DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan at the valedictory of Anna Birth Centenary Year celebration function in Kancheepuram on Saturday.

KANCHEEPURAM: The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday demanded that Sri Lankan refugees living in different camps of Tamil Nadu be allowed to become permanent residents of the State.

The State government should hold discussions with the Central government for their resettlement under the Citizenship Act and other laws. It should also make arrangements for their livelihood opportunities.

A resolution, read out by DMK treasurer and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, was adopted at the valedictory of the party celebration of DMK founder C.N. Annadurai’s centenary and Mupperum Vizha at Nazarethpet near here.

DMK president and Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, in his address, described the resolution as extremely significant and wanted the Centre to give it due consideration and take steps for its implementation.

The resolution stated that the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees were living in the State since 1984 and there were 73,572 refugees in 115 camps. Besides, over 30,000 refugees were living on their own. There were more than one lakh refugees in the State, the resolution said, recalling various welfare measures taken by the DMK regime in the last three years.

Another resolution, read out by the party’s Member of Parliament Kanimozhi called upon the Centre to make all regional languages the Centre’s official languages. DMK general secretary and Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan presented the Anna award, instituted by the party, to Mr. Karunanidhi.

M.K. Alagiri, Union Minister and the party organising secretary for southern districts, was given a 51-sovereign gold chain by Mr. Karunanidhi.

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