Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for improving the basic amenities of the tribals across the State and to provide vocational training to them.

An official release said the government has sanctioned Rs 2.20 crore for improving housing, Rs 5.90 crore for road works, Rs 2.100 crore for schools, Rs 1.50 crore for hostel facilities of tribal students and Rs 2.50 crore for drinking water facilities. Apart from this, Rs 10 crore has been allocated for their economic improvement and Rs 4.50 crore for skill development. The forest and tribal welfare departments would implement these projects. She sanctioned Rs 24.50 crore to the Director of Employment and Training to start industrial training institutes in the tribal belts of Karumandharai, Kollimalai, Jamunamathur, Anaikatti and Gudalur.

Under JNURM, Ms. Jayalalithaa has released the State contribution of Rs 22.99 crore in the first phase to provide better housing facilities for slum dwellers. To provide sanitation for the differently abled in 108 municipalities, the government has sanctioned Rs 8.19 crore.

The government has also allocated Rs 9.50 crore to MGR Film and Television Institute to start animation and visual effects UG courses approved by the All India Council for Technical Education, an official release said.