Barnala unfurls Jaya's TN vision
Govt may probe Assembly irregularities
In articulating a precise and lucid blueprint for Tamil Nadu’s long-term development, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has unwittingly outwitted former president A P J Abdul Kalam.
Governor S S Barnala’s address to the first session of the 14th Legislative Assembly here on Friday pitches ahead of Kalam’s ‘Vision 2020’ document in projecting a positive futuristic roadmap for equitable growth.
Outlining the AIADMK government’s approach to economic planning, the governor said growth and increased employment have to be achieved through a “structured sector-specific strategy” with an overall state GDP growth target of 10 per cent. The governor noted that the growth rate in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors in the state had slipped in the last three years. Shockingly, the state recorded a negative 1.18 per cent growth rate in the agriculture sector during 2007-10.
“Therefore, the state will prepare a ‘Vision 2025 Document for Tamil Nadu’ to identify and remove the bottlenecks in development, prioritise critical infrastructure projects and work assiduously to place the state of Tamil Nadu at the forefront of development once again,” Barnala said.
Revitalising agriculture sector with crop-specific strategies, steps to inter-link major rivers within the state, ending the power crisis to boost manufacturing and special emphasis on emerging sectors like solar power, bio-technology, nano-technology and pharmaceuticals are all part of the vision document.Barnala said the government will set up an Inquiry
Commission headed by a retired high court judge to probe into the alleged irregularities in the under-construction New Secretariat-Cum-Assembly complex in Chennai.
Students to get laptops in TN
Keeping its promise made during Assembly election campaign, the AIADMK government has decided to roll out promised freebies from September 15. The free laptop scheme will cover all ‘Plus One’ and ‘Plus Two’ students in government and state-aided schools. Free electric fans, mixies and wet grinders to women will also be distributed.