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Tamil Nadu government announces special assistance of Rs 2,000 to BPL families

The scheme is expected to reach out to 35 lakh families in the villages and 25 lakh urban poor families, as per CM Palaniswami.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 04.21 PM IST
A total of 60 lakh BPL families will benefit from the move, for which a sum of Rs 1,200 crore will be allocated.
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government unveiled a poverty alleviation scheme to dole out Rs 2,000 towards every family categorised Below Poverty Line in an allocation of Rs 1,200 crore for the forthcoming fiscal, Chief Minister Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced in the state Assembly today.

The scheme is expected to reach out to 35 lakh families in the villages and 25 lakh urban poor families, Palaniswami read out in the Assembly.

In his speech, Palaniswami said: “For all families below poverty line in Tamil Nadu, especially farm workers, the urban poor, labourers in the sectors of fireworks, fishing, power and handlooms, construction and other industries, this government will provide a special financial assistance of Rs 2,000 a family…”

The Tamil Nadu government had launched a no-new-taxes budget last week, making significant allocations towards agriculture, urban development and education but stopped short of announcing doles, as was expected ahead of the elections. Palaniswami’s announcement on Monday follows an earlier dole of Rs 1,000 to every ration card holder around the Pongal festival, a decision that was challenged in court and later cleared.

The AIADMK Government in Tamil Nadu had also been critical of delay in fund release from the Centre, evidenced in Tamil Nadu’s references to the delays in its budget documentation for FY19-20. Chief Minister Palaniswami had been writing letters to Prime Minister Modi about the state’s concerns over Karnataka’s efforts to build a dam in Mekedatu; however, the southern party has been perceived to be politically friendly with the BJP, for instance, its support to the BJP in Parliament in the No-Confidence motion advanced by N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP. The AIADMK is said to be in talks with the BJP over a pre-poll tie-up ahead of elections.

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