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CHENNAI: Joining the debate on freebies from political parties, Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Saturday that spending on education and health care for the public cannot be called “freebies”.

Seemingly taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had shunned the political culture of handing out freebies to secure election victories, the CM said welfare schemes are not freebies as they are offered to help the poor and marginalized.

“Some people have now emerged with advice that there should be no freebies. We don’t deal with that. Stalin said at a Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College reception in his constituency, Kolathur.

The Chief Minister also referred to the Supreme Court’s verdict that welfare schemes are different from freebies, and said a big debate is going on across the country in this regard. He said that in Kolathur college, the state government is providing free tuition for first year sophomores, and now it will be provided for second year as well. Stalin also pointed out that the exemption from payment of fees is granted out of concern of the state government for the students.

“We do this as our duty to the students.” He further said that his government has implemented programs such as Illam Thedi Kalvi, Kalloori Kanavu, Naan Mudhalvan, free breakfast for students and Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam. “These are not handouts but social welfare programs to help the poor and marginalized,” he added.

CM inaugurates projects worth Rs 5.63 crore

Meanwhile, during his visit to Kolathur constituency, Stalin inspected works on storm sewers (completed at a cost of Rs 30.77 crore) and laid the foundation stone for new projects costing Rs 2.71 crore. He also inaugurated projects worth Rs 5.63 crore and visited Jamalia area, SRP Koil Road, Paper Mills Road, Rohini Road and GKM Road among others. At a reception at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, 1,546 students received bicycles worth Rs 78.30 lakh from the Chief Minister, and at Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College, he handed over Rs 10,000 as tuition fees to each of the 434 students.

CHENNAI: Joining the debate on freebies from political parties, Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Saturday that spending on education and health care for the public cannot be called “freebies”. Seemingly taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had shunned the political culture of handing out freebies to secure election victories, the CM said welfare schemes are not freebies as they are offered to help the poor and marginalized. “Some people have now emerged with advice that there should be no freebies. We don’t deal with that. Stalin said at a reception at the Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College in his constituency, Kolathur.The Chief Minister also referred to the Supreme Court verdict that welfare schemes are different from gifts, and said that there is a big debate going on across the country in this regard.He said that in Kolathur college, the state government is providing free tuition for first year sophomores, and now this will also be provided for the second year. Stalin also pointed out that the exemption from payment of fees is granted out of concern of the state government for the students. “We do this as our duty to the students.” He further stated re that his government had implemented programs such as Illam Thedi Kalvi, Kalloori Kanavu, Naan Mudhalvan, free breakfast for students and Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam. “These are not handouts but social welfare programs to help the poor and marginalized,” he added. a cost of Rs 30.77 crore), and laid the foundation stone for new projects costing Rs 2.71 crore. He also inaugurated projects worth Rs 5.63 crore and visited Jamalia area, SRP Koil Road, Paper Mills Road, Rohini Road and GKM Road among others. At a reception at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, 1,546 students received bicycles worth Rs 78.30 lakh from the Chief Minister, and at Kapaleeswarar Arts and Science College, he handed over Rs 10,000 as tuition fees to each of the 434 students.

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