Chennai, Dec 3 (): “My life is an open book” said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Mr M. Karunanidhi. The Chief Minister recalled on how he began his career in Tamil films and went on to become a well-known screenplay and dialogue writer. He recollected that he had written screenplay and dialogues for 75 feature films.
Pointing to his long career in general politics and government, the chief minister also said that he had been residing in a house, which he bought even before becoming a Minister at Gopalapuram which costed around Rs.45,000.
As for having surrendered his shares in Sun TV in 2005, the chief minister said he was paid Rs.100crore of which he had submitted Rs.22.5crore towards income tax. The balance was distributed among his family members and took Rs.10 crore for himself, of which Rs.5 crore was used as a corpus amount for establishing the Kalaignar Karunanidhi Trust and another Rs.5 crore was placed as fixed deposit.
Profits of the interest coming out of the corpus amount are being distributed to the poor for education and health. A total of about Rs.1.72crore was given to 2,145 persons from 2005 to 2010. He also gave Rs.1 crore to the Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association of South India for instituting an award for best writers. Since 2008, 17 scholars were given for Rs.1 lakh each, he informed.
The value of the fixed deposit has now stood at Rs.5.65 crore and the amount in his savings bank account was around Rs.35.9 lakh. He had also given an extensive account of the contributions he made on various occasions for different intentions.
He referred to the institution of an award at Central Institute of Classical Tamil for a scholar in classical Tamil and said the first recipient of the award was Asko Parpola of Finland.
The members of his family had bought own houses and properties, for which he had not offered them any financial assistance or government help.
He finally described his life as an open book, and said he would devote the rest of his life to the welfare of the people.