Jaya eyes bigger plan pie in Delhi trip

Published: 03rd June 2012 10:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2012 10:28 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is visiting New Delhi on June 4 to finalise the Plan size for the State for the financial year 2012-13. She is likely to return to Chennai on the same day. 

The Chief Minister is expected to meet Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia in the afternoon.

In 2011-12, Jayalalithaa had secured an annual allocation of `23,535 crore, marking an increase of 17.28 per cent over the previous financial year. For the current fiscal too, Jayalalithaa is expected to secure a higher Plan allocation.

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Jayalalithaa’s visit to Delhi also assumes significance in the wake of the forthcoming Presidential elections. 

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik have proposed the name of the former Lok Sabha Speaker, P A Sangma, for the highest office of the country and also spoken to many national leaders requesting them to support the leader belonging to a tribal community.

Last week, when reporters asked her whether she had got any assurance from leaders of political parties on supporting Sangma, she said:  “I have made a request to the leaders whom I know well. I prefer to wait and watch the developments.”

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