CHENNAI: Apparently seeking to clarify the opposition charge that the Central government was not favourable to Tamil Nadu on many key aspects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said a whopping Rs 24,000 crore worth Central projects were being implemented in the State alone. He also compared the situation between the previous UPA regime and the present NDA government and said Tamil Nadu benefitted much better during the current regime.
Using the occasion to launch the Amma Two-Wheeler Scheme of the State government, to mark the 70th birth anniversary of the late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Kalaivanar Arangam here, he detailed the Central schemes under which Tamil Nadu had benefited significantly.“More than Rs 24,000 crore worth of projects are currently being implemented by the Centre in Tamil Nadu. All these projects have begun after the NDA government assumed office. They include solar power plants, crude oil pipelines, National Highways and port-related works. More than Rs 3,700 crore has been sanctioned for the Chennai Metro Rail,” the PM pointed out.
Modi also underscored that during the UPA regime, Tamil Nadu received Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission. “However, after the NDA came to power, Tamil Nadu now received Rs 1.80 lakh crore under the 14th Finance Commission. This is an increase of about 120 per cent,” he added.
Stating that the Centre was working to provide a home to every poor family by 2022, the PM said about one crore houses had been built in the last three years. “Tamil Nadu has been given about Rs 700 crore in 2016-17, and about Rs 200 crore in 2017-18, for rural housing. For urban housing, the State had been given over Rs 6,000 crore.Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, farmers in Tamil Nadu got a compensation for crop loss to the tune of over Rs 2,600 crore.
All praise for Jaya
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed two schemes of Tamil Nadu government — the Amma Two-Wheeler Scheme and the scheme to plant a whopping 70 lakh saplings across the State within one year. He said these two initiatives would go a long way in the empowerment of women and protection of nature
Fishing to get modern outlook
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was working towards modernisation of fishing in Tamil Nadu. “Under the Blue Revolution Scheme, the Centre had provided
Rs100 crore as financial assistance to convert more than 750 boats into long-liner trawlers