India will continue to stand by the people of Lanka: Modi | Chennai News

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday India will continue to stand by the people of Sri Lanka and support democracy, stability and economic recovery in the island nation. For his part, Prime Minister MK Stalin indicated that it was the right time for India to take back Katchateevu Island in order to solve the problems of Tamil Nadu fishermen and to preserve their traditional fishing rights.
“Sri Lanka is going through difficult times. I am sure you are concerned about developments there. As a close friend and neighbor, India is providing every possible support to Sri Lanka…India has also expressed strong support for extending economic support to Sri Lanka in the international fora,” Modi said.

Modi was speaking at an event he was set to dedicate to the nation and to lay the groundwork for 11 infrastructure projects at Chennai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium costing 31,530 crore. The Prime Minister said history has taught that nations that place the utmost importance on infrastructure made the transition from developing to developed countries and the Indian government is fully focused on building infrastructure that is of the highest quality and sustainable . Against the background of the Tamil Nadu government’s opposition to the National Education Policy (NEP), Modi tried to underline that the NDA government’s NEP attaches particular importance to the promotion of Indian languages. “Due to a national education policy, technical and medical courses can be conducted in the national languages. Young people from Tamil Nadu will benefit from it,” said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said the event was another glorious chapter in Tamil Nadu’s development path and the center’s focus on road construction was clear. “We are doing this because it is directly related to economic prosperity,” he said, pointing to the Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway, a four-lane elevated highway linking Chennai Port with Maduravoyal, showing the extension of the Neraluru section to Dharmapuri and Meensurutti Chidambaram. Modi expressed his delight at the refurbishment of five train stations, which was carried out with the needs of the future in mind. You will merge with local art and culture.
Regarding the lighthouse project in Perumbakkam under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), Modi said the project is satisfactory as the first project in Chennai has been realized. The foundation stone of Chennai Multi Modal Logistic Park was laid to boost economic growth and with the vision of making the Port of Chennai a center of economic development. The Union government is committed to developing multimodal logistics parks in other parts of the country, he said. “Each of these projects in different sectors will boost job creation and our determination to be Aatmanirbhar,” the Prime Minister added.
Speaking at the event, Stalin said Tamil Nadu was unique from other states and its development was not only related to the economy but “includes social justice, women’s development and equality”. Stalin said his “Dravidian model of government” largely corrected the fiscal imbalance and restructured the state’s finances. Noting TN’s share of 9.22% in India’s GDP, the Prime Minister called for an increase in the center’s contribution to programs and the government’s budget allocation. “Only then will the true spirit of cooperative federalism be upheld,” he said to loud applause from the packed hall.
Stalin used the platform to urge the Union government to release Rs. 14,006 crore GST compensation fees and extend the compensation period by two more years from June 2022. He called for Tamil to be made the official language on par with Hindi and in the Madras High Court as well. He called on the Prime Minister to ease the President’s approval of the anti-NEET law.
Concluding his short speech, Stalin invoked the popular slogan of the late Prime Minister M. Karunanidhi: “Uravukku kai koduppom, urimaikku kural koduppom (We will stretch out the hand of friendship, we will raise our voice for our rights)” and thanked Modi for doing so Implementation of several projects in the country. He also called for cooperation in implementing social systems to achieve the goal of “everything for all”.

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