“Fiscal autonomy of State should not be compromised’’

: The State government will make all out efforts to achieve the ambitious target of 11 per cent growth of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) during the 12{+t}{+h}Five-Year Plan, said Governor K. Rosaiah on Friday.

Addressing the inaugural day of sixth session of the 14{+t}{+h}Assembly, Mr Rosaiah said though the projected gross rate of GDP at national level was only 8 per cent, the State had set itself ambitious target of 11 per cent. Steps would be taken to ensure faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth.

During the 11{+t}{+h}plan period, the State could achieve a rate of 8.05 per cent of the GSDP against the target of 9 per cent due to the poor performance of the agriculture and industrial sectors and pulling down the State’s performance.

The government had enhanced the original allocation for the 12{+t}{+h}Plan period from Rs.1.85 lakh crore to Rs.2.11 lakh crore, representing 148 per cent higher than the allocation of the 11{+t}{+h}Plan period. Accordingly, the annual plan allocation for 2013-14 would go up to Rs.37,000 crore from Rs.28,000 crore.

A comprehensive project formulation, execution and management system would be launched and it would integrate and computerise the entire process of projects and works implementation in the State, right from the stage of preparation of estimates, tendering, awarding of tenders, execution of works including measurements, up to the final payment of bills.

“Such a system will also include an e-procurement portal and the adoption of electronic tendering procedures in government. This is expected to significantly enhance the efficiency of the project management processes in various departments and greatly speed up the implementation of the projects,” he said.

Fiscal autonomy

With regard to Goods and Services Tax (GST), he said the Centre should ensure that the fiscal autonomy of the State was not compromised. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had already highlighted this issue at the National Development Council meeting in December.

“Without the Union Government creating the requisite atmosphere of trust amongst the states, it would be impossible to implement the GST regime. I request the Central government to view these issues in a broader and more practical way, keeping in mind the federal perspective and giving due regard to the resources requirements and sensitivity of the States, so as to evolve a solution having broader acceptability amongst the States,” he said.

Skill Development Corporation

The Tamil Nadu State Skill Development Society was being reconstituted as the Tamil Nadu State Skill Development Corporation to facilitate the participation of the private sector and trade associations, he added.

  • A comprehensive project formulation, execution and management system to be launched

  • “It will integrate and computerise the entire process of projects and works implementation”