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TN This Week: CM Meets PM, Raises Issues Including Lankan Refugees, Mekedatu, and NEP

Meanwhile, the DMK office inauguration ceremony in Delhi turned into an occasion for Opposition leaders to come together on one stage.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin was on a four-day visit to Delhi as part of inaugurating the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) office in Delhi.

The inauguration ceremony on April 2 turned into an occasion for Opposition leaders to come together on one stage. Prominent leaders of the Congress, CPI, CPI(M), Samajwadi Party, National Conference, Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal and others were present for the event.

The CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state conference, which was held between March 30 and April 1, vowed to strengthen the coming together of secular forces to fight the divisive BJP, ruling at the Centre. Read more

A 19-year-old Dalit student of physiotherapy in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district reportedly killed herself at her home on March 30 morning allegedly after being depressed due to harassment over non-payment of college fees.

NewsClick brings you a round-up of the happenings in Tamil Nadu this week.

CM STALIN IN DELHI

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 31 and sought Centre's approval for providing humanitarian aid to Sri Lankan Tamils in the wake of an economic crisis in the island nation.

The CM also requested the PM to direct the Ministry of Jal Shakti to not approve Karnataka’s Mekedatu reservoir project over the Cauvery river.

Further, he opined that the National Education Policy, 2020 should be revoked. He sought steps to include Narikoravar communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes of Tamil Nadu.

On April 1, Stalin, along with the state Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, met with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and submitted a list of demands for the union government to release pending dues to the state that amounted to Rs 20,860 crore.

Later he met with Union Industries Minister Piyush Goyal and spoke about the possibility of a mega textile park in Tamil Nadu.

Accompanied by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, Stalin visited mohalla clinic and a government school on April 1 in the national capital.

STRIKE SHOOK THE STATE

The all-India general strike was observed on a wide scale on March 28 and 29 in Tamil Nadu demanding relief from economic distress and complete change in the economic policy of the Modi government.

Scheme workers, banking, and public sector employees struck work, and it shook the state. Read more

VANNIYAR QUOTA STRUCK DOWN

Tamil Nadu's quota in jobs and education for the Vanniyar community was cancelled on March 31 by the Supreme Court, which called it "unconstitutional" and a violation of the right to equality.

The Vanniyar community was given 10.5% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions through the Vanniyar Reservation Act, 2021, passed by the AIADMK government in February before the state elections last year.

MINI CLINIC DOCTORS PROTEST

Demanding job security and disbursal of monthly salaries without inordinate delays, mini clinic medical officers staged protests at the Health Department office in Trichy on March 30. 

This was in continuation of the earlier protests by employees of the mini clinics – which were set up during the pandemic. Read more

FARMERS DEMAND MORE PAY FOR MILK

Members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayeegal Sangam on March 28 petitioned the Coimbatore district administration demanding an increase in milk procurement price. They cited an increase in fodder prices and protested by pouring milk on the ground.

MCC STUDENTS FIGHT MORAL POLICING

The students of the Madras Christian College (MCC) in Chennai staged a protest within the college campus on Thursday, March 31, alleging moral policing and harassment from the faculty.

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