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Tamil Nadu Budget 2021 February 22, 23 Highlights: TN Dy CM O Panneerselvam presents state interim budget; Opposition stages walkout

Tamil Nadu Budget 2021-22 Highlights February 22, 23 Highlights: The budget is being presented at Chennai's Kalaivanar Arangam.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: February 24, 2021 9:22:45 am
O Panneerselvam, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil nadu interim budgetTamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam presents the state interim budget for the year 2021-22 at Chennai's Kalaivanar Arangam on Tuesday.

Tamil Nadu Budget 2021 February 22, 23 Highlights: Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam presented the the interim budget for the year 2021-22 at Chennai’s Kalaivanar Arangam at 11 am today. The budget for the year is the 11th budget speech of OPS.

Denied permission to speak ahead of the session, the Opposition, comprising DMK and Congress MLAs staged a walkout.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 447 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 8,48,724. Among these, Chennai reported 151 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,34,491. The state recorded six deaths on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,460. All six of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 461 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,31,706.

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17:03 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu Interim Budget 2021-22: Key take-ways from deputy CM O Panneerselvam’s speech

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam presented the state interim budget for the year 2021-22 at Chennai’s Kalaivanar Arangam on Tuesday. This was the 11th budget speech for OPS under the AIADMK government.

During his introductory speech, O Panneerselvam stated that a total of Rs. 13,352 crore had been spent by the state government on COVID-19 relief operations in Tamil Nadu following the outbreak of the pandemic in March, 2020. He said that the impact of the pandemic has been echoed in the interim budget.

With rising costs, the budget indicated that the state’s fiscal deficit is expected to be 4.99 per cent. The state debt, which is currently at Rs, 4.85 trillion is set to increase to Rs. 5.7 trillion, said OPS. Following the presentation of the interim budget for the year 2021-22, revenue has been projected at Rs 1,80,700.62 crore.

While concluding the budget speech, O Panneerselvam added that the ruling AIADMK will return to head the government and will complete the projects stated in the budget.

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14:14 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Assembly to reconvene on February 25

Following the conclusion of the interim budget session, Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal announced that the session will be reconvened on February 25 at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai.

14:03 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Approval granted for industrial park in Kallapalayam

Approval has been granted for constructing an industrial park at Kallapalayam in Coimbatore district.

14:03 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Approval granted for industrial park in Kallapalayam

Approval has been granted for constructing an industrial park at Kallapalayam in Coimbatore district.

14:02 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Revenue projected at Rs. 1,80,700.62 crore

Following the presentation of the interim budget for the year 2021-22, revenue has been projected at Rs 1,80,700.62 crore.

13:41 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Fiscal deficit of state projected at 4.99 per cent

With rising costs, the budget has indicated that the state's fiscal deficit is expected to be 4.99 per cent.

13:39 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 100 crore to improve homes of Adi Dravidar community

A total of Rs. 100 crore has been allocated to improve the residential accommodations of those belonging to the Adi Dravidar community with basic amenities.

The budget has also allocated Rs. 1932 crore towards the improvement of the community.

13:35 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 1276 crore for Tribal sub-project

Rs. 1276 crore has been allocated towards the Tribal sub-project in the State.

13:34 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 12,913 crore expenses due to COVID-19: OPS

Presnting the interim budget at Chennai's Kalaivanar Arangam today, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that the outbreak of the pandemic has led to an expenditure amounting to Rs. 12,913 crore in the state.

13:23 (IST)23 Feb 2021
62 investment projects granted approval

Stating that Tamil Nadu had attracted maximum investments amid the pandemic, OPS announced that 62 investment projects worth Rs. 39,941 crore had been granted approval.

13:16 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 6448 crore for Chennai-Kanyakumari industrial route

The interim budget has allocated Rs. 6448 crore for the Chennai-Kanyakumari industrial route project.

13:05 (IST)23 Feb 2021
State skill development corporation receives Rs. 200 crore

The Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation has been allocated Rs. 200 crore in the interim budget.

13:04 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 3140 crore for development projects of Greater Chennai Corporation

A total of 3140 crore has been allocated towards development projects by the Greater Chennai Corporation.

13:01 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Housing sector receives stimulus from World Bank

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, while presenting the interim budget for the year 2021-22 announced that Tamil Nadu has received Rs. 1492 from the World Bank to finance the state's housing sector.

12:52 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 5171 crore for Phase 2 of road development project

Announcing that road development projects in Tamil Nadu have been completed ahead of the targetted date, OPS said Rs. 5171 crore has been allocated for Phase 2 of the project.

12:49 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Community health complexes to be constructed

A total of 2749 community health complexes will be constructed in the state for Rs. 144.33 crore.

12:48 (IST)23 Feb 2021
40 lakh households to be provided with drinking water connection

Around 40 lakh households will be provided with drinking water connection at a cost of Rs 3,016 crore.

12:37 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Subsidy for roofing hiked

The subsidy for roofing under the Prime Minister's housing scheme has been hiked to Rs. 70,000.

12:33 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rajnath Singh emphasises contribution of Tamil people in Indian culture during rally in Salem

Launching BJP’s attempts to connect with voters in Tamil Nadu focusing on Tamil language and culture, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivered a surprise in his public rally in Salem on Sunday. Singh, who began his speech with usual “Vanakkam” and a war cry “Vetrivel Veeravel (victorious & courageous Vel Murugan)”, went on to emphasise Tamil people’s contribution in enriching Indian culture. 

He spoke about the contributions of Rajaraja Chola and Rajendra Chola to lay the foundation of India’s maritime and naval strength, projected Tamil culture as the Amma of Indian culture and even referred to the Sensex boom as a Jallikkettu. 
Even while attacking the Congress, he threw a question to the crowd whether they considered the opposition party as “nallavara kettavara” (bad or good, in the lines of one of the iconic dialogues by Kamal Haasan in the film Nayagan). 

The BJP state unit was apparently thrilled that Singh could deliver such a speech, touching upon the glories of culture and language.

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12:32 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Rs. 1374 crore for construction work

A total of Rs. 1374 crore has been allocated towards construction work in the state. 

OPS stated that the Sarabhanga Pumping project and Athikadavu Avinashi project will be completed soon.

Metro services in Chennai had resumed in a phased manner from September 7, 2020.

The maximum fare to travel in a Chennai Metro will now be Rs 50 instead of Rs 70. The minimum fare stands at Rs 10. The announcement was made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday. The decision was taken by the government following the demand of several commuters and the same comes into practice from Monday.

READ | Chennai: Reduced Metro fare comes into practice from Monday; Rs 10 for up to 2 km

The Coimbatore Forest Department Sunday arrested a mahout and his assistant on charges of attacking an elephant at the government’s annual rejuvenation camp at Thekkampatti near Mettupalayam. In a video that surfaced on social media, Vinilkumar (46) and his assistant Sivaprasad (32) were seen brutally thrashing Jayamalyatha, an 18-year-old female elephant of Andal Temple in Sri Villiputhur, with sticks.

READ | Mahout, assistant booked for brutally attacking elephant at rejuvenation camp

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