Jayalalithaa seeks Rs.25,000 crore assistance, more power


Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Wednesday requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for financial assistance of Rs.25,000 crore, additional supply of power and restoration of kerosene allocation for public distribution system (PDS).

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In a letter to the prime minister, a copy of which was released to the media here, Jayalalithaa said: “I request you to kindly sanction an additional financial assistance of Rs.25,000 crore for development projects for Tamil Nadu partly as grant and partly as loan.”

She noted that the “judicious use” of this package in various projects would help accelerate national growth.

Citing the reduction in supply of power to the state since March 2011, Jayalalithaa requested the prime minister “to look into the issue and direct the central generating stations to keep up their power supply commitment to Tamil Nadu”.

Reminding Manmohan Singh of her earlier request for additional allocation of 1,000 MW from the central pool due to unexpected delay in commissioning of new power projects under the central sector, Jayalalithaa requested him to consider the request on priority basis.

Referring to the reduced allocation of kerosene – to 44,580 kilo litres per month from June 2011 onwards from earlier levels of 52,806 kilo litres – Jayalalithaa said there was no prior discussion with the state government on the supply cut.

She requested restoration of the older kerosene allocation to the state and five percent increase in supplies from the April 2011 levels.