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Supplementary demands are for Rs.3,696.50 crore, says Ponnaiyan As the Government had decided to merge 50 per cent of the dearness allowance with the basic pay of the Government employees, a token provision under each demand was included in the supplementary estimates

CHENNAI: An additional provision of Rs.1,472.80 crore was required towards flood relief works in the State and Rs. 1,356 crore was included in the final supplementary estimates for 2005-2006, Finance Minister C. Ponnaiyan announced in the Assembly on Friday.

The House passed the Tamil Nadu Appropriation and Vote on Account Bills, 2006.

As the Government had decided to merge 50 per cent of the dearness allowance with the basic pay of the Government employees, a token provision under each demand was included in the supplementary estimates.

Revenue account

Mr. Ponnaiyan said that the supplementary demands were for

Rs. 3,696.50 crore, which included Rs.2,510.05 crore in the revenue account, Rs.235.08 crore in the capital account and the balance of Rs.951.37 crore in the loan account.

Included in the supplementary estimates were Rs. 34.13 crore for scholarship and stipend to students belonging to Adi Dravidar and tribal communities, Rs. 25 crore as ways and means advance to Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation, Rs. 81 crore towards procurement of sarees and dhotis for Pongal this year, Rs.27.26 crore for Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Rs. 43.54 crore for Rural Development Department and Rs.294.45 crore for Civil Supplies Corporation as procurement support.

Members belonging to the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) criticised the Government's move to extend the term of special officers for four panchayats reserved for Dalits- Pappapatti, Keeripatti and Nattarmangalam in Madurai district and Kottakachiyendal in Virudhunagar district.

Financial assistance

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the Government had decided to enhance financial assistance for various temples in Kanyakumari district to Rs.1 crore.

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