Jaya takes a dig at Plan panel's discussions on TN outlay

New Delhi, Jun 4: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa took a dig at Planning Commission over discussions on annual Plan outlays saying the exercise was appeared to mean that her state being told how to spend its own money. The Chief Minister's remarks invited a reaction from Commission's Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia who said these discussions were important because Centre also contributes to the States' outlays.

The Commission approved the annual Plan outlay of Rs 28,000 crore for Tamil Nadu for 2012-13, which is about 19 per cent higher than that of the previous fiscal. Apparently irked at not getting adequate resources from the Centre, Jayalalithaa wondered over the utility of such meetings. She felt such meetings amounted to telling the state how to spend its own money.

The Chief Minister said of the outlay of Rs 28,000 crore, the Centre's contribution was only Rs 3,000 crore. "We have asked for Central assistance, additional assistance under various heads but that was not forthcoming. So, what this entire exercise amounts to is that we have come all the way to Delhi to have discussion and a meeting with the Union Planning Commission so that they can tell us how to spend our own money," she told reporters here.

Ahluwalia said in case of the bigger states most of the resources approved are funded by them. "These are called annual plan discussions and for the bigger states, most of the resources come from the states themselves and Centre gives some funds and then total Plan size is approved," he told PTI. The purpose of the annual discussion, is not simply to give money, but to discuss issues, Ahluwalia said.


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