EPS completes 3 years in office as CM, releases report card

Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK government is successfully completing three years in office. Among its achievements is getting the Centre to set up the Cauvery water management authority.

On the investment front, the EPS government clocked investment commitments to the tune of 3 lakh crore in the second edition of the global investors’ meet.

All the credit goes to Palaniswami for turning all the stumbling blocks into stepping stones. The past three years have been eventful with the Chief Minister announcing new welfare schemes for every section of the society and have been marked by sustained efforts to reach out to the common man.

Palaniswami did not allow the developments within the AIADMK, in the first few months of his tenure, to affect the State administration in any way. In fact, in the past 36 months, he has cleared a whopping 16,382 files — an average of 15 files a day — proving there has been no stagnation in the taking of administrative decisions.

From agriculture, irrigation, rural development, sanitation, health, education and social welfare, to attracting direct foreign investments (FDI) to keep the state’s industrial momentum going, the AIADMK government headed by Palaniswami has, overcoming various obstacles, enabled a turnaround in many sectors to make Tamil Nadu a ‘happening state’ again.

When the entire Cauvery delta area was simmering with discontent in the wake of the renewed drilling activities by oil companies prospecting for hydrocarbons, coming as ‘crowning glory’ for the government’s achievements is the Chief Minister’s recent announcement to declare the entire Cauvery delta region spread over eight districts, into a ‘Protected Special Agricultural Zone (PSAG)’.

Concerted efforts by the chief minister to get central sanctions and proper coordination among various departments in the state government helped it secure 11 new medical colleges for Tamil Nadu under the central government sponsored scheme in the last one year.