CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday told the State Assembly that the five years of AIADMK regime was marked by numerous achievements and welfare measures for every section of the society and higher growth in all key sectors. The government, she said had fulfilled all promises made in the 2011 election manifesto.
Replying to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address, the Chief Minister said the AIADMK government stood for inclusive socio-economic development of the poor and downtrodden. “I don’t see growth of the State on the lines of economic growth. Mere growth in GSDP can’t be taken a healthy sign. But the real growth is reaching out to all sections. The progress made in education and health sectors define the growth of the Social Progress Index (SPI). Equality can be achieved only where SPI grows”, she maintained.
The Chief Minister, in her 75-minute reply, gave a detailed account on the progress made in each department. Referring to the assistances being extended to the families, small traders and entrepreneurs who were affected in the recent floods, she expressed confidence that all of them would recover soon from the impact of the heavy rains.
According to her one of the formidable challenges her government had faced when it assumed office in May 2011 was the power shortage. Expeditious steps taken by her government, she said had seen dditional installed capacity of 4,455.5 MW added to the TNEB’s grid.
“To meet the requirements of the future, long term agreements had been signed for procuring 3,330 mw of power. Of this, 2,830 mw of power is received now. In all, after May 2011, a whopping 7,485.5 mw of additional power is being received now. Only because of this, there has been no power cut in Tamil Nadu since June 5, 2015. In the next six months, 1,232 mw of power will be received”, she pointed out.