Jaya seeks additional package from Centre

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa urged PM Manmohan Singh for an additional financial package of Rs 25,000 crore to galvanise development in the state.

Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 21:38 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for an
additional financial package of Rs 25,000 crore to galvanise
development in the state which has been "pushed to the brink
of deterioration" by the previous DMK regime.

In a letter to Singh, she claimed that as a result of
"irresponsible and inept administration" of the state finances
by the DMK regime, her Government inherited a "very fragile
financial system, precariously poised on the brink of
deterioration with very unsustainable deficit and enormous
debts".
She said her government has been taking requisite steps
with "grit and resolve" to emerge from this slide by adopting
"daring measures" such as hiking VAT rates, state excise duty,
bus fares and milk prices.

"The process of development which is languishing has to
be galvanised. The revenue buoyancy in the state was also in
need of a renaissance", she said, urging the Prime Minister to
sanction the additional financial package partly as grant and
partly as loan.
Jayalalithaa said allocation of kerosene in the public
distribution system to the state has been "drastically"
reduced from June to 44,580 KL per month from the earlier
allocation of 52,806 KL per month.

Observing that there was "no" prior notice to the state
and no discussion was held for such reduction which has put
the people to "great hardship", she said kerosene allocation
should be reverted to level of April this year with an
additional five per cent increase.

PTI