TN govt presents revenue deficit budget; Oppn stages walkout Chennai -(A)

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The Tamil Nadu government has planned to distribute 12,000 milch cows, six lakh sheep or goats to 1.50 lakh beneficiaries under the flagship welfare scheme, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said today.

"Has the department vanished like the 1000 idols that have gone missing?" he said referring to the numerous cases of missing idols of Hindu deities reported from the state. This is after projecting a revenue deficit of Rs 17,491 crore and fiscal deficit of Rs 44,481 crore for 2018-2019. This led to a higher than projected revenue deficit in 2017-18, Finance Secretary of Tamil Nadu, K Shanmugam said.

"A state-wide architecture for e-governance will be conceptualised and put in place", he informed the Assembly. He believed the economy would pick up the next fiscal and the signals are there in the growth of the gross state domestic product (GSDP).

He said for this goal, Rs 248.58 crore has been allocated in the budget.

It has been made a decision to implement the Athikadavu-Avinasi water project at a cost of Rs 1,789 crore, Panneerselvam announced.

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The government will set up Tamilnadu Makkal Aadhaar Portal for a one-stop solution for all government services.

While providing Rs 786 crore for State Disaster Response Fund for 2018-19, he also announced a comprehensive flood management plan for the south and north Chennai to mitigate flood problems.

Panneerselvam also said the State government proposes to increase the Chief Minister's constabulary medals from 1,500 to 3,000.

Despite a burden on account of the implementation of the new pay hikes is estimated at Rs 14,719 crore a year.

Haasan demanded that the Tamil Nadu government immediately grant permits to local industries while pointing out that while Rs 2.42 lakh crore was committed in the Global Investors meet in 2015, only Rs 62,738 crores are under implementation. The e-governance policy has already been released by the government.

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