Chennai: Reversing the DMK regime's pet projects, the Jayalalithaa Government in Tamil Nadu on Friday scrapped housing and insurance schemes named after M Karunanidhi and announced a probe into alleged irregularities in the construction of new assembly-cum-secretariat complex.
   
Apparently targeting the Maran brothers, who own a media empire, the government also said it would nationalize the multi-crore rupees cable TV business, over which they have near monopoly, and revive state-run Arasu Cable TV Corporation to manage the industry.
   
The announcements came in Governor S S Barnala's customary address to the new Assembly on a day when the DMK patriarch celebrated his 88th birthday albeit on a low-key with his daughter Kanimozhi in jail in the 2G scam case and
the party still smarting under the assembly poll rout.
   
Outlining policies of the new government, Barnala said an inquiry commission headed by a former high court judge will probe allegations of "excess and wasteful expenditure and deficiency in the standards of new Secretariat building"
besides 'inordinate' delay. The new complex is being built at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
   
The government would continue to function from the 17th Century Fort St George, he said, adding construction activities at the new complex would be stopped to facilitate the inquiry.
   
Putting up a brave face, DMK Legislature Party Leader M K Stalin said the party was prepared to face the inquiry.


(Agencies)