The announcement made in the Assembly today by chief minister J Jayalalithaa, that the Tamil film awards will be given soon, has been welcomed by the Tamil film industry.
At a press meet, Nadigar Sangam president Nasser, general secretary Vishal and vice-president Ponvannan welcomed the announcement and thanked the CM.
Intervening during a debate in the Assembly today, she said, “During the previous DMK regime, when M Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister, function to present medals to police personnel did not happen for three years. Only after I came to power, we conducted a grand function to present all awards.”
She added: “Likewise, due to many reasons, film awards were not presented to artistes and technicians. A grand event will be organised soon and all awards will be presented there.”
On shifting of Sivaji Ganesan statue, she said, her government was not intended to remove the statue of thespian Sivaji Ganesan from its present location.
“It was Court order. The Court has repeatedly asking the government why the statue has not been removed. Hence, I had already announced in the Assembly that a memoral would be constructed for Sivaji and we have informed the Court that the statue would be shifted there once the work is over. Hence, I clarify that it is not the intention of the government (to relocate the statue), it was Court order,” she said.