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Express News Service / Last Updated : 26 Aug 2011 08:31:58 AM IST.
CHENNAI: The DMK regime diverted funds earmarked for the welfare of Scheduled Castes to procure television sets for free distribution just before the polls, Minister for Information Technology R B Udhayakumar said in the Assembly on Thursday.
In his reply to the debate on the demand for grant to Information Technology department, Udhayakumar said television sets were procured in six stages through the State-owned ELCOT. “With an eye on polls, 10 lakh television sets were bought by paying `436 (for each set) over and above the price of the 5th stage purchase. An additional expenditure of `43.60 crore was incurred. The fund came from the allocations made for the Scheduled Caste welfare,” he said.
When AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and D Jayakumar raised the issue in the Assembly during the last regime, the then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said he was prepared to face gallows if irregularities were proved in the purchase of televisions.