Huge allocation for industries

Chennai : In an effort to revive small, micro and medium sector industries that were hit by the Thane cyclone in northern districts last year, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has allocated Rs 14.25 crore for them. An official release said, 2,057 industrial units were affected by the cyclone. While, Rs 12.92 crore has been earmarked exclusively for rejuvenating 2,004 industrial units in the coastal Cuddalore district which was the worst affected in the cycle. Another Rs 1.32 crore would be given to 53 industrial units in the neighbouring Villupuram district.

Tax  collection up 

Chennai:  It was time to cheer for the Tamil Nadu Government as the tax revenue collected up to the second quarter of the current financial year 2012-13 stood at Rs.23,142 crore as against the revenue yield of Rs.18,336 crore during the half year ending of the last financial year.  “This reflects an increase in growth rate of 26 per cent,” according to B V Ramanna, State Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration.

After chairing a review meeting of his Department, the Minister, who had assumed the new portfolios recently, said to aid the implementation of welfare schemes and social security schemes announced by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and to further augment the revenue beyond the target of Rs.51,332 crore fixed for the current financial year, he has asked the officials to ensure collection of revenue from all possible avenues.

During the meeting, the Minister advised the officials to focus on the collection of monthly returns and immediate scrutiny of the same, finalisation of pending assessments, collection of arrears and shop inspection.

Commercial Taxes Secretary Sunil Paliwal, Commercial Taxes Commissioner K Manivasan and others had attended the meeting, an official release said.

Diamond Jubilee arch 

Chennai:  With the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly all set to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in a few weeks, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced that an elegant arch would be erected in Chennai to mark the occasion.

“The arch will be of 80 feet wide and 41 feet tall and will be erected in between the War memorial and Fort St George which houses the State Assembly.  The arch would be designed with grandeur and majesty blended with modern architectural features that would be befitting the historic glory of Fort St George as well as the War Memorial”, the Chief Minister said in a statement here.

An official release said Jayalalithaa had also inspected the site of the arch on arterial Rajaji Salai.

TN Gets Dalit Speaker 

Chennai:  Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sowed the seeds for creating history by nominating her party man P Dhanapal, a Dalit, for the post of the Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Dhanapal was unanimously elected to the post much to the joy of Dalits in the State. In fact, he is only the second Dalit to occupy the top post in the Assembly. Officials said this was the first time a Dalit was elected unanimously to the post.

Over 60 years ago, a Dalit J Sivashanmugam Pillai had occupied the post but he had to contest an election. Dhanapal and a host of Dalit leaders thanked the Chief Minister for her gesture.

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