Tamil Nadu budget highlights: No announcement on total prohibition

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Chennai, July 22: Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu- O. Panneerselvam-presented the AIADMK's first budget. Inside reports suggest that this is the revised budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

However, there was no announcement on 'Total Prohibition' as promised by the party before the assembly elections.

Tamil Nadu

Here are the budget highlights as presented by Deccan Chronicle:

  • It has been decided to built 37 primary health care centres.
  • The government is keen to build toilets in several schools.
  • To give education to all children is the prime concern of the government.
  • For conducting municipal elections, it has been decided to allocate Rs. 182 crores.
  • Chennai people will be able to get high-class metro rail service in the near future.
  • The extension of the metro rail from Vannarapettai to Thiruvottiyur is a great success for the current TN government.
  • For the welfare of women, the government will make a 50 per cent increase in women quota.
  • Various measures have been announced for continuous drinking water supply to all.
  • In 2015-16, the Tamil nadu economy grew by 8.79 per cent.
  • For a clean Tamil Nadu, the government has decided to built 7.66 lakh house lavatories and public toilets during 2016-17. It will be done under the guidance of 'Swach Bharat Mission.'
  • It has been decided to built 10 lakh houses in the next five years as mentioned in the election manifesto
  • A sum of Rs. 800 crore has been allotted to improve the Chennai Corporation.
  • Under the MGNREGA scheme, Tamil Nadu got the 'best implementation' award in 2015-16.
  • The MGNREGA scheme is running smoothly in the State.
  • It has been decided to give free sarees and dhotis to householders during Pongal 2017
  • A scheme will be implemented for unemployed youths.
  • It has been decided to host an Investors Forum in the year 2017.
  • It has been decided to give laptops to over 5 lakh students.
  • It has been decided to revamp old temples in villages and towns.
  • The government has decided to improve tourist spots.
  • It has been decided to buy 2000 new buses.
  • By giving 100 units free to householders, the government is losing about Rs. 1,607 crores.,
  • A sum of Rs. 13,800 crore has been allotted for the energy sector with the emphasis on solar power.
  • It has been decided to enhance the 'annadanam' scheme in temples to another 30.
  • In the next five years, the energy sector will enhance its productivity.
  • It has been decided to issue smart card for every householder by this year-end
  • Local body elections will be held in October.Outstanding short-term crop loans, medium-term (agriculture) and long-term (farm sector) loans issued to small and marginal farmers as on March 31, 2016 will be waived off.
  • The tentative principal and interest outstanding has been assessed at Rs. 5,780.92 crore. It will be compensated with interest by the government to cooperatives in five years.
  • A new scheme for dry land farming will be launched, focusing on improving the production of millets, pulses and oil seeds.
  • A special sel-sufficiency Pulse Production Programme will be launched this year for promoting cultivation of green gram, black gram and red gram.
  • Tamil Nadu's forest cover is highest among the States.
  • Teak and other plantations will be raised on the canal banks, padugai lands and other lands outside forest area. A sum of Rs. 52.64 crore alloted for this purpose for a period of five years.

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