Rs 2,000 for people below poverty line: CM Palaniswami

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced that families below poverty line will be given special fund of Rs 2, 000.
Making the announcement under Rule 110 on the second day of the Budget session at the Assembly today, the Chief Minister said Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated for this purpose.

“Around 35 lakh poor families in village and about 25 lakh families in the city will be benefitted by this,” he said.

Farmers, people working in cracker industry, construction workers, washermen, conservancy workers, potters among others would be the beneficiaries under this scheme.

Earlier in the day DMK brought a special attention calling motion in the protest carried out by the JACTO-GEO members. Responding to this, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said even after holding several talks members of he JACTO-GEO did not accept the government’s request.

“Except West Bengal all other States have adopted the new pension scheme,” he said. The Tamilnadu Assembly budget session begun 8 February during which Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, also holding the finance portfolio, made announcements about many schemes of the government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

One of the major highlights was the launch of a comprehensive accident and life insurance scheme, covering all Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

Panneerselvam said the scheme “will substantially increase the compensation to Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh for natural death and death due to accident respectively and Rs 1 lakh for permanent disability.”

He said a sum of Rs 250 crore has been provided for payment of premium under this scheme.

He said the revenue deficit for the year 2019-2020 is expected to come down to Rs 14,315 crore as against the projected revenue deficit of Rs 19,319 crore in the revised estimates 2018-19. This Assembly session will happen till 14 February.