PM Modi inaugurates several developmental schemes including the redevelopment of five railway stations, namely, Chennai Egmore, Katpadi, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari and Madurai.
The foundation stone of development initatives at a cost of approximately ₹31,000 crores was laid down by the PM. Some of the key initatives are Multi Modal Logistic Park at Chennai, Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway, Madurai-Theni railway gauge conversion project, the third railway line between Tambaram-Chengalpattu, natural gas pipelines and houses constructed as part of Light House Project, Chennai under PM Awas Yojna. These projects cover key infra sectors such as railways, petroleum, housing and roads. Commerce and connectivity would be boosted by these works, PM said.
The new National Education Policy launched by the Union Government is committed to promote Indian languages, PM said in his address while speaking about the Tamil culture and language. A new campus for Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) was inaugurated in Chennai in January 2022. The campus fully funded by the Center includes a library, an e-library, seminar hall and multimedia hall .
PM did not respond to the CM’s statement on retrieval of Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka. Katchatheevu was ceded to Sri Lanka in 1976 under the “Indo-Sri Lankan Maritime agreement” signed by the then PM of India Indira Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka Jayewardene
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin in his address said that TN stands first among the states on education, economic development, rural health facilities etc. He said that TN tops in not only in economic development but also in social justice and women empowerment. This inclusive development model is called “Dravidian Model”.
TN contributes 9.22% to India’s GDP, and 6% to the overall tax income, 8.4% to overall exports but receives only 1.23% revenue share. He appealed to the PM to consider the demands of TN such as Katchatheevu, NEET, GST dues, official language, favourably as early as possible.