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Updated: June 5, 2012 03:15 IST

Jayalalithaa unhappy over T.N. plan outlay

J Balaji
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Shanker Chakaravarty
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Shanker Chakaravarty

The plan outlay for Tamil Nadu for 2012-13 has been fixed at Rs.28,000 crore, an approximate 19 per cent increase than that of for 2011-12 (Rs.23,535 crore), but Chief Minister Jayalalithaa expressed her unhappiness on the outcome saying that her government’s plea for the special and additional assistance from the Centre were not met.

Talking to journalists here on Monday, before leaving for Chennai after she and her team held discussions with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr. Montek Singh Ahulwalia and his officers at Yojana Bhavan, Ms. Jayalalithaa said: “... but here, out of these Rs. 28,000 crore only Rs. 3,000 crore is from the Centre. The rest of it is Tamil Nadu’s own money. We have asked for the special and additional assistance under various heads but that were not forthcoming. So what this entire exercise amounts to is that we have come all the way to Delhi to have discussions and meetings with the Union Planning Commission, so that they can tell us how to spend our own money”.

While TN government was remedying its fiscal situation, substantial financial support was required from the Centre for the raised investment needs of the State’s 12th Five Year Plan. “Unfortunately, the 11th Plan has shown disappointing trends. The Centre should liberally support the projects, taken up by TN government through viability gap funding,” she said.

Earlier addressing the Planning Commission, Ms. Jayalalithaa claimed that her government’s prudent fiscal management strategies had reversed the dismal outlook and TN had returned to a situation of revenue surplus in 2011-12 and the fiscal deficit as a percentage of GSDP had been contained at 2.85 per cent. The latest estimates of the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) placed the economic growth rate of TN for 2011-12 at 9.39 per cent much above the national average of 6.50 per cent.

About her government’s proposals, she said 15 new medical colleges, attached to the government district hospitals, would be established and the 17 existing medical colleges-cum-district hospitals upgraded to international standards. Two Medi-cities would be created with a mission to serve the medical tourism industry covering investments in the hospital and education facilities, logistics and hospitality services. To reduce the dropout level further, the government would give a special monetary incentive to all the students studying in 10th and 12th standards in the government and government-aided schools. This scheme was expected to benefit 24,94,649 students with an annual outgo of Rs. 394.04 crore.

Special efforts taken by her government in agriculture had yielded encouraging results with the area under food grains being extended by 24 per cent over 2010-11 and the production increased by as much as 40 per cent. TN would usher in a second green revolution by enhancing agriculture productivity and multiplying farmers’ income. This will require massive investment in the primary sector, she said.

The ambitious goal of the 12th Five Year Plan could be achieved only when good performers (read present TN government) were adequately rewarded through more funds and flexibility in the implementation of various programmes.

Mr. Ahluwalia commended TN for its “impressive” record of improvement in human development indices and growth in services sector. The per capita income levels had gone up in TN since independence as a consequence of sustained GSDP growth. “In most of the cases Tamil Nadu has better social indicators than the national average,” he pointed out.

Appreciating the TN government’s efforts to make growth truly inclusive, Dr. Ahluwalia added that the bold and innovative decisions taken including power tariff revision were steps in the right direction. He wanted leading State’s like TN should attract knowledge based investment and for this purpose focus should be on further improving the quality of education.

The Commission appreciated that TN had shown improvement in both overall sex ratio (from 987 to 995) and child sex ratio (from 942 to 946) during 2001-2011. The State was at the 5th place among the major States in the country in terms of child sex ratio.

It is appalling that readers of a well written newspaper such as this
one, like SN Iyer, seem unaware of our distorted federal structure.
The reason TN Chief Minister goes to Delhi and asks, or as SN Iyer
derisively puts it, beg, for money is that the tax structure is biased
towards the center. Though the money is raised from TN, it goes to
Delhi which then "allocates" to TN.

This is grossly unfair and just begs the question of why states like
TN should subsidize the backward states of North India while they
themselves have to lose both money and political dignity in the
process. Why is this New Delhi any different from London if it behaves
thus, viewed from the perspective of a person sitting in TN?

from:  Neel
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 20:33 IST

The state has the potential to sustain its growth IF only it was
"easier" and "cheaper" to do projects in TN, there will not be need for
external assistance. Unfortunately even today a significant amount of
hidden costs in starting new projects of any kind. If Amma can "reduce"
the intake, it would mean more money for the state treasury.

from:  Bala
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 15:42 IST

Let readers go through the VISION document prepared by TN Govt. The goals well defined. Now the next step for Madam J shall be to break down each of the focus areas and implement. She should rope in big corporate and use/channelise their CSR funds to the development of TN. If she puts her into it she can achieve. Let she not waste her energy in chasing the erstwhile politicians. In India nothing happens. It is ultimately, "THERE WILL NOT BE RECOVERY OF MONEY". Then why do you waste GOOD money after bad money. The people of TN also should demand quality services/infrastructure rather than free mixie, fan etc. I think, the centre should ban these freebies including free electricity. Only Education and Healthcare should be provided free to citizen. For those under-previleged students, provide all facilities including free boarding and lodging. Education is the only ladder which shall take any one to the permanent height.

from:  Nagarajan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 13:05 IST

Did Karunanidhi, ever travel to Delhi to discuss plan outlay. Can anyone throw light on this aspect.

from:  Ananth
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 12:26 IST

All the North East states put together get a paltry 1929.33 crores. Thank you big brother, we are grateful for your largess.

from:  Sonam
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 08:26 IST

Madam you should cut down freebies first before you demand more from Centre.

from:  T.Subramanian
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 07:31 IST

I appreciate that Tamilnadu Govt needs more than 28,000 cr rupees but to show progress why we need 17 more medical colleges.We have enough medical colleges/eng colleges, but what we need education for 21st century like aero space.computer science/and every in fields like agriculture,water ,power generating ect.But our politicians once they come to power first thing in their mind is how to line their pockets with poor peoples money and still there are very few honest who cares about these people.Our present chief minister is very intelligent person and if she throws her full weight behind these ministers/govt officials of all branches may be Tamilnadu will become a good state,but our poor people wants money to vote as they are very desperate to survive is it possible to have good people in politics to serve Tamilnadu people I have my own doubts.But we can do it if people pass new constitution to take away of power of transfer of officials from the hand of politicians as in USA ,we can.

from:  K.Ziyaaudhin
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 04:34 IST

Selvi Jayalalithaa - "So what this entire exercise amounts to is that we have come all the way to Delhi to have discussions and meetings with the Union Planning Commission, so that they can tell us how to spend our own money". This shows how the corrupted UPA regime drags the State governments and the whole exercise has no meaning. Well done Jeya Amma to speak bluntly!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jun 5, 2012 at 02:30 IST

The UPA Centre knows that the Tamils have the potential and become a leading and powerful state in India. Hence, the UPA regime will never support any bold initiatives taken by Selvi Jayalalithaa to improve TN to a higher level. The Land of Great Raja Raja Cholan will progress, rise and shine if Selvi Jayalalithaa continues to be at the helm! Selvi Jayalalithaa should be the next PM of India to bring the TN to transform like Malaysia and Singapore. She is brave enough to achieve it!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 22:40 IST

I appreciate TNs growth. India should learn from it, however what is very inappropriate is how Jayalalitha thinks that coming to Centre was a waste. The term 'Our Money' is just a term to divide people in thought and action. Leaders should be good and should make sure that they keep India one. Its the growth of the whole of India that will take India ahead, and I think TN should help bring other people forward, rather than just keeping a self centric view.

from:  Priyanka Bansal
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 22:07 IST

States like TN are first to criticise the policies of the Centre and they expect the Centre to flood them with money. This is most illogical and laughable. Jayalalitha claims that most of it is the state's own money. She should then not come to the Planning Commission for ALMS and instead us her own money for development. BEGGARS CAN NOT BE CHOOSERS.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Jun 4, 2012 at 21:07 IST
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