Com. P.R.Natarajan, aged 64 years, the CPI (M) candidate for the Coimbatore Parliamentary Constituency, is the sitting member from this constituency. He is a member of the State Committee of the CPI(M). He had been drawn to politics while an undergraduate, and had been a student leader. Later, he was the President of the DYFI in Coimbatore district. He has been a full time worker of the Party for the last 38 years. Thanks to his efforts as MP during the last five years, the Coimbatore Railway station has been upgraded. Eleven new trains have been introduced. Five trains to Palakkad which earlier bypassed Coimbatore Junction and went via Podanur have been re-routed through Coimbatore because of his efforts. Organizations of Industries, of Traders and of Malayalees have jointly held a function to record their appreciation of his work in this regard. A second subway, with escalator and lift facilities has been constructed at Coimbatore Junction during his tenure as MP. For a long time, the government had not disbursed the compensation amounts due to those who had given land for the establishment of Bharathiar University. Due to the efforts taken by Natarajan, the first instalment of Rs 42 crores has now been disbursed. A second government medical college, the ESI hospital, constructed at a cost of Rs 800 crores, is now ready for opening. Com Natarajan conducted successful negotiations for pay rise for workers and employees of the Sugar Research Station, the Textiles Research Centre, the National Textile Corporation and the Government Press. He has served as a member of the Standing Committees of the Parliament in the areas of Labour, Information and Communications Technology and Industry. He is also a member of the high level consultative committee for the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Natarajan is the eldest son-in-law of the late Com K.Ramani, who was a senior leader of the CPI(M) and had served for many years as MP and MLA. Natarajan’s wife is Vanaja. He has two daughters called Aarthi and Aruna.

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