Public welfare

Stalin marks 1st anniversary of DMK government with bus trips and public welfare announcements

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin rode a state-run Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus on Saturday and interacted with passengers and then made a series of feel-good announcements audience in the State Assembly to mark the completion of his government’s first anniversary.

Traveling in bus number 29 C on Radhakrishnan Salai, he especially talked to female passengers and inquired about free travel facilities for them.

To commemorate the first anniversary, he made a series of announcements in the Assembly, including providing a breakfast for public school students and another aimed at ensuring nutrition.

Free bus travel for women was a pre-election promise made by the ruling DMK ahead of the April 2021 Assembly elections in the state.

Stalin also paid floral tributes at the memorials of late DMK founder CN Annadurai and his father and former chief minister M Karunanidhi at the Marina here after his government completed a year in power.

In his announcement, he said that students in Class IV will enjoy a nutritious breakfast every working day. He also recalled the various achievements of the government over the past year in various sectors. He reiterated the “Dravidian model” of state development and asserted that it was a global model.

He also announced the establishment of more urban medical facilities to more effectively meet the medical needs of the people.

After a 10-year stint in opposition, Stalin led his party-led alliance to an impressive victory over rival AIADMK in the 2021 Assembly polls, which also marked his first stint as a minister in chief. He previously served as deputy CM in the Karunanidhi-led DMK government from 2006 to 2011.