Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced on Wednesday that a Welfare Board for Non-Resident Tamils would be set up with a total allocation of Rs 20 crore. The Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils’ Welfare Act was enacted during the previous DMK regime on March 1, 2011,while the setting up of a Welfare Board was also announced, Stalin said.
With the AIADMK assuming power in late 2011, the new regime did not set up the Board then, the Chief Minister said. He further added that a welfare board for Non-Resident Tamils would now be set-up.
The state government will be constituting a Rs 5 crore benevolent fund for Non-Resident Tamils, an official release said. A total of Rs 20 crore would be set apart, including Rs 8.10 crore for welfare schemes. Tamils living in several parts of the world would be brought together and every year, January 12 would be celebrated as the ”World Tamils Day,” he said.
The official release referred to the proposed Welfare Board as “Pulampeyar Tamizhar Nala Variyam.” While ‘Pulampeyar’ is a Tamil word used in reference to emigration and emigrated people, it may also mean and include the diaspora in general. Tamizhar Nala Variyam stands for a welfare board for Tamils.