TN receives Rs 41,000 cr in 69 Central schemes: Karunanidhi

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Chennai, Aug 4 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said 69 centrally-sponsored schemes were being implemented in the state, involving a total amount of Rs 41,000 crores.

Of this, the Centre, according to statistics available as on April 2007, has sanctioned a sum of Rs 37,570 crores for 62 schemes and a sum of Rs 22,000 crores have so far been spent, the Chief Minister said in a statement here.

He said of the Rs 22,000 crores, more than Rs 10,000 crores were spent for two atomic energy related departments and the balance of Rs 12,000 crores were spent for 60 schemes, concerning other departments.

This statistics would help the state to get more schemes and funds from the Centre, he said adding to prove that both the Centre and state governments were people's governments, the Centre should allocate more funds.

Stating that the expectation was nothing wrong, Mr Karunanidhi said the Centre, meeting the aspirations of the state governments, was one of the main features in the concept of ''autonomy at the state and federalism at the Centre.'' The Chief Minister also detailed the various schemes for which, the Centre has sanctioned funds. He has also given details of allocation funds by the state government for various departments and drew a comparison of funds allotted to these departments by the previous AIADMK regime.

As the DMK government has made enhanced allocation of funds to various departments, the revenue expenditure during 2008-09 has been estimated at Rs 51,422 crores, showing a 12.75 per cent growth over the previous year.

This was also due to filling up of vacancies in various departments and implementation of welfare projects, announced by the government, he said.

In the state's own tax revenue, 76 per cent was being spent on salaries and pension. When former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had said this was 94 per cent, he had refuted it with statistics, Mr Karunanidhi said.

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