Govt. committed to improving women’s education: CM

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‘Incitement soon to the government. students pursuing higher education”

‘Incitement soon to the government. students pursuing higher education”

The state government is committed to improving women’s education and the free bus ride for women is an effort in that direction, Chief Minister Deputy Stalin said on Wednesday.

“We are about to introduce ₹1,000 per month as an incentive for public school students pursuing higher education in colleges,” he said, addressing the Stella Maris 75th Anniversary Program College (autonomous) in the city.

Mr. Stalin recalled his association with the college.

“When I was at school I used to take a bus (29 C) to my school (Madras Christian College High School) in Chetpet from Stella Maris bus stop (near his house). I got off at the same bus stop on my way home. I still can’t forget those days. Even 15-20 days ago I stopped a 29C bus to check the free bus program for women (introduced by him),” Stalin said.

Arrested by the police

The Chief Minister recalled how he was arrested by Teynampet police in 1971 as he tried to put up a poster on a stage program which his father and then Chief Minister Mr Karunanidhi and MG Ramachandran, were supposed to attend.

“A classmate of mine went to stick a poster on the Stella Maris College compound wall. He argued with a security guard who complained to the police. The police had come to get us. I didn’t tell them who I was and never did. But I was released after they found out. As someone who has been disciplined by a college security officer, I am proud to visit the same college as the chief minister who holds the Home portfolio,” he said.

Inspired by the move

Mr Stalin said he was inspired to start the city’s beautification after seeing the artwork on the college’s boundary wall. “The most significant facet of this college is that it was founded on August 15, 1947, the day India gained independence to deliver liberation to women,” he said.

Mr. Stalin launched on this occasion a beautiful book on the history of the college.

Rosy Joseph, principal of the college, welcomed the gathering.

Health Minister Ma. Subramanian, Central Chennai MP Dayanidhi Maran and Thousand Lights MP Ezhilan Naganathan attended.

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