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    TN Assembly adopts resolution thanking Centre for CICT

    Chennai (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution thanking the Central Government for announcing the setting up of a Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) here.

    Leader of the House, Finance Minister K Anbazhagan moved the resolution.

    The Centre had on Wednesday announced the setting up of the Rs 76 crore CICT here with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as its ex-officio Chairperson.

    Anbazhagan thanked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh and Karunanidhi for their efforts in recognising Tamil as a classical language and subsequently announcing the setting up of the CICT.

    Members from different parties, barring the AIADMK and MDMK, thanked the Centre for setting up the CICT.

    N Nanmaran of CPI (M) said the institute should work to make children in Tamil Nadu realise the importance of Tamil as a classical language.

    Stating that "Karunanidhi's persistent efforts" helped in getting classical language status to Tamil, Anbazhagan said the DMK patriarch had requested the previous BJP-led NDA itself to declare Tamil as a classical language but it failed to do so.

    He also read out a letter sent to Karunanidhi by Sonia Gandhi, saying "it (setting up of CICT) was an achievement to all constituents of the UPA, but particular credit to you and your party".


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