T.N. Government to construct 3,500 houses for Sri Lankan Tamils, says Minister

The Tamil Nadu Government has sanctioned ₹ 317 crore towards the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils living across the State.

After a departmental review meeting at the district on tuesday, the Minister Gingee K.S. Masthan, Minister for Minorities and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare told reporters that nearly 7,000 Sri Lankan Tamil families were living in the State at 106 places allotted by the Government when M. Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister.

The Minister said that construction of 3,500 houses for Sri Lankan Tamils is under way and work to build 3,500 more houses would begin soon.

A separate fund was allocated by the Government for improving the higher education enrolment of the children of Sri Lankan Tamils in agriculture and engineering courses, he added.

Asking overseas job aspirants to be vigilant of fraudulent agents, the Minister said the state government has taken efforts to impart training and send 500 nurses to England.

“Job aspirants shouldn’t get faked by fraudulent firms and approach the government recognised ones to go abroad for work. Two fake job agents were detained under the Goondas Act,” he added.

Along with Ministers M.P. Saminathan and N. Kayalvizhi Selvaraj, he also distributed various welfare measures to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Earlier, while participating in a Christmas function in a church, Masthan said that churches and schools laid the foundation for the Dravidian movement by providing education to downtrodden sections of the society.

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