Ordinance issued, TN govt takes possession of ‘Veda Nilayam’ to convert it as memorial

Chennai, July 29 Tamil NaduGovernor Banwarilal Purohit  has promulgated an Ordinance to temporarily take possession of ‘Veda Nilayam’, the sprawling Poes Garden residence of former AIADMK Supremo and late Chief Minister JJayalalithaa, to convert it into a Memorial.The Ordinance, notified in the Government  Gazette, was
promulgated to take possession of “Veda Nilayam” and movable items therein to the State Government and to
establish ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation‟ for making long term arrangements to convert
it as a Memorial. An official release here today said the Foundation will have Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as the Chairperson and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the Information and Publicity Minister and Government officials as Members and the Director of Information and Public Relations as Member Secretary.
The Foundation will take necessary steps to maintain the ‘Veda Nilayam’ and take necessary steps for maintenance,
upkeep and safety of all movable properties therein, it said. It said Mr Palaniswami had on August 17, 2017 announced that the residence of the late Chief Minister will be converted as a Memorial and will be opened to the public, in remembrance of her achievements and sacrifices for the people of Tamil Nadu. In order to implement the announcement made by the Chief Minister, an administrative sanction was given by the Tamil Development and Information Department on October five, 2017 for acquisition of “Veda Nilayam” located in Poes Garden, Chennai. Action has been initiated to acquire the land and building and preliminary notification was published on June 28,
2019 and thereafter a declaration has also been published on May six this year. The building of “Veda Nilayam” including the movable itemssuch as furniture, books, jewels, etc., were in a state of disuse for more than three years. So, the Government decided to transfer all the immovable and movable properties to the Government for its upkeep until the acquisition process was
complete, the release said