The State government will abide by the order of the Supreme Court on the Samacheer Kalvi issue, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa made it clear in the Assembly on Monday. Intervening in a debate on the State budget, the Chief Minister said the State government, which had approached the Court, was awaiting the order. “We will take action as per the order of the Supreme Court.”

Earlier, the Communist Party of India (CPI) deputy leader said that while there was no second opinion on the government's position of improving the quality of syllabus prepared under the Uniform System of School Education (Samacheer Kalvi), his party was for implementing the system during the current academic year.

The uniform system should not just be confined to the syllabus, but should be extended also to the other aspects, such as infrastructure of schools and student-teacher ratio. Responding to his observations, Ms Jayalalithaa said her government did not differ from the member in the matter. On the government's overall outstanding debt, she said at the end of 2011-2012, it was expected to be Rs. 1,18,610 crore.

This would be 20.39 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product and within the norms – 24.5 per cent of the GSDP – fixed by the 13th Finance Commission.

More In: Tamil Nadu | National