CHENNAI: Chief minister M K Stalin on Friday urged the opposition not to politicise the Kallakurichi tragedy and promised strong measures to protect people from anti-social elements.
The CM said the govt would take care of educational expenses of children who lost a parent. Children who lost both parents, would get an additional allowance of 5,000 a month until the age of 18.Immediate relief from the CM’s public relief fund would include 3 lakh or 5 lakh, depending on whether the child lost one or both parents.
Replying to a special calling attention motion moved by the opposition, Stalin said he was not running away from any issue. Four people had been arrested. Methanol used had been illegally procured from Puducherry, he added. “We will bring anyone involved in the incident to justice. I am reining in criminals with an iron hand,” he said.
The govt had filed 4.63 lakh cases against bootleggers and arrested 4.61 lakh people in the past three years. Goondas Act had been invoked against 565 people, including 58, in Kallakurichi. The authorities seized and destroyed 16.51 lakh litre of spurious liquor and 1.42 lakh litre of rectified spirit during this period.
Stalin said 57 govt doctors from various regions were deployed in Kallakurichi hospital to expedite treatment, in addition to the existing 161 doctors. “Lifesaving medicines are adequately stocked, and medicines are also procured from the open market to save the people,” he said.