Tamil Nadu polls: No big freebies in DMK manifesto, assures dry law, Lokayukta

DMK also promised improvisation in some ongoing schemes like marriage assistance plan.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: April 10, 2016 10:11 pm
M Karunanidhi, J Jayalithaa, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, DMK, AIDMK, Power Minister statement, Piyush Goyal statement, Goyal Tamil Nadu statement, Power Minister Tamil Nadu statement, India news DMK Chief M Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu (PTI file photo)

DMK Sunday promised total prohibition, setting up Lokayukta, a cut in state-run Aavin Milk price by Rs 7 a litre, revival of the Legislative Council, and implementation of the Sethusamudram project in its manifesto for the May 16 Assembly polls.

DMK did not, however, announce any populist freebie schemes on the scale of free colour televisions it had made in 2006, though it promised a slew of concessions and waivers, catering to various sections of people.

It includes mobile phones for the poor at concessional prices, free wi-fi Internet for students, waiver on crop and educational loans, inclusion of free milk in nutritious meal scheme, and Rs 60,000 assistance to women for marriage.

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DMK also promised improvisation in some ongoing schemes like marriage assistance plan.

Currently, the AIADMK government provides Rs 50,000 assistance and gold for mangalsutra.

It assured “Anna (on the name of DMK founder and former Chief Minister CN Annadurai) Unavagam,” in place of Amma Unavagam, a cost-effective chain of state-run canteens.

Releasing the manifesto, Karunanidhi attacked AIADMK chief and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa over her promise of implementing prohibition in a phase manner and dismissed it as “deceitful”.

He said the state-run liquor outlet – TASMAC – employees will be provided alternative employment.

He said Tamil will be introduced as “co-official language” in central government offices too in Tamil Nadu.

He promised waiver of crop loan for small and micro farmers, and a separate budget for agriculture.

A separate farm budget is a pet theme of the PMK.

DMK also promised waiver of educational loans for students.

  1. K
    Apr 11, 2016 at 2:05 am
    Very reasonable and well thought out budget considering the real state of affairs and available funds. Appreciate the no votebank type schemes and any dramatic freebies and mive claims.
    1. P
      PN badri
      Apr 13, 2016 at 11:15 am
      Waiver of loans is bad practice and it will hurt banks /state exchequer very badly. Only some portion of interest should be if the dues cleared on time. TN political parties lacks economics and wants to grab power by hook or crook.
      1. B
        Bala veera
        Apr 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm
        then y should bank give loans to the person like vijay maliya. can bank retrieve that money in this month. instead of giving a loan to the businessman. we can give the free loan to the farmers. bcoz they are the one who produces the food and the not the man like vijay maliya who produces the beer. My opinion on waiver of loans are good. If banks wants to steady the economic first they should stop providing the loans to businessman. Loans on farmers and eductational is good which will develop the economic of the country only. First as a indians we should know farmers are next to god and not the businessman.
        1. D
          May 6, 2016 at 5:49 am
          what about the power cut issue??no one is promised that there will not be any power cut
          1. R
            Apr 14, 2016 at 8:06 am
            You think so? Where from TN Govt. would get Crores of rupees lost due to prohibition? Milk price increase was due to producers demand for higher price. Where from these extra expenditure will be met. Ultimately people will have to bear all these in some form or other.
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