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Villupuram, Dharmapuri, Ramnad to get law colleges

The state government will start three new law colleges in Villupuram, Dharmapuri and Ramanathapuram districts at a total cost of Rs 6.81 crore to help students in the surrounding districts to study law. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy announced the formation of the new colleges on Thursday.

Villupuram, Dharmapuri, Ramnad to get law colleges
CM Edappadi K Palanisamy receives petitions from the public at his residence in Chennai


The colleges, which are slated to start in 2017-18, will have an intake of 80 students each for the three and fiveyear law courses. Admissions will be made by the Dr Ambedkar TN Law University. A special officer for each of the three colleges will be appointed to undertake initial work, a statement said.

These three colleges will function in addition to the existing 7 government law colleges, one private self-financing college and TN National Law School in the state, the Chief Minister added. 

Cabinet meeting 

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister discussed the current drought situation in the state and the resulting poor availability of drinking water with his cabinet colleagues at the Secretariat on Thursday. The Cabinet meeting also discussed the expected fallout of the Chief Minister’s recent visit to New Delhi.

The meeting also decided to have a 25-day sitting of the state Assembly which was prorogued some days ago. While an official announcement on the commencement of the Assembly session is expected soon, the session was to debate the grants for various departments, which was not done due to the uncertain political climate in the state. It may be recalled that Opposition Leader and DMK working president MK Stalin had been demanding an Assembly session for this very reason. Floor strategies to counter the attack of the Opposition were also discussed in the meeting. 

5 new taluks inaugurated 

Earlier in the day, Palanisamy inaugurated five new revenue taluks formed by bifurcating existing areas, through video conferencing.

While the new Singampuneri taluk was created by bifurcating Tirupattur taluk in Sivaganga district, the Srimushnam, Andimadam, Koothanallur and Kayuatharu taluks were carved out of Kattumannarkoil (Cuddalore district), Udayarpalayam (Ariyalur district), Kudavasal (Tiruvarur district) and Kovilpatti (Thoothukudi district) respectively, an official release stated.

The new taluks were created to ensure that people had an easy access to all government related revenue services, it added. While Srimushnam taluk will have a population of 1.10 lakh in 51 revenue villages, more than 1.50 lakh people reside in 30 villages in Andimadam taluk, 1.20 lakh reside in 55 villages in Koothanallur taluk. A total of 1 lakh people reside in 55 villages in Kayatharu taluk. Ministers Kadambur Raju, R Kamaraj and G Baskaran and chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan were present.

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