April, 2015

Member of Legislative Assembly Constituency Development Scheme (MLACDS)

The MLACDS is fully funded by the State Government and each MLA identifies and proposes the works to be executed in his Constituency. The Scheme is implemented both in rural and urban areas. The main objective of the Scheme is to identify and implement the essential works to bridge the critical infrastructure gaps in the Assembly Constituencies. The allocation of funds under the Scheme had been increased from Rs.1.75 crore to Rs.2.00 crore per Constituency per annum from 2011-2012 onwards.
The District Collector will accord administrative sanction for the chosen works and will also identify the implementing agency. An amount of Rs.1.125 crore shall be earmarked for priority works, exclusively fixed by the Government and out of the remaining Rs.0.875 crore, the MLAs can choose works of their choice in tune with the guidelines of the scheme.
Salient Features
Works to be taken up under Tied Component of Rs.1.125 crore
A sum of Rs.1.125 crore shall be earmarked for works prescribed under “Tied Component”. In order to provide infrastructure facilities to schools, a sum of Rs.25 lakh per MLA has been earmarked for provision of infrastructure facilities like toilet, water supply, etc., to schools and kitchen sheds which are in dilapidated conditions both in rural and urban areas. Further, each MLA should allot Rs.20 lakh for construction of Anganwadi Buildings, Noon Meal Centres and kitchen sheds in rural as well as urban areas from MLACDS funds. The MLAs should also allot Rs.5 lakh each for aids & appliances for differently abled persons. Out of Rs. 5.00 lakh, a sum of Rs. 2.00 lakh has been allocated for the purchase of scooters with side wheels attached, modernized prosthetic device and behind-the-ear hearing aid. Apart from this, a sum of Rs.10 lakh shall be earmarked for modernization of Anganwadi Kitchen Centres with Gas connection etc., at the rate of Rs.6,050/- per Anganwadi centre as one time expenditure. After taking all the eligible Anganwadi Kitchen Centres in the Constituency, the remaining funds shall be utilized for modernization of School Kitchen Centres at the rate of Rs. 22,000/- per Centre as one time expenditure as per G.O.(Ms).No. 294 Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme (SW.7) Department dated 11.12.2012. Further, the Hon’ble Finance Minister has announced during his budget speech for the year 2013-14 that the existing Government buildings will be provided with solar installations at a cost of Rs.11.70 crore by earmarking Rs.5.00 lakh out of MLACDS funds for each assembly constituency.
From the remaining amount of Rs.47.50 lakh under Tied Component, the MLA can choose one or more of the following works for any amount according to his or her choice, subject to the overall ceiling of Rs. 47.50 lakh.
a) In Rural Areas
1. Installation of Solar Street Lights
2. Upgradation of Gravel / WBM Roads to BT standard
3. Renewal of badly worn-out BT roads (laying of BT layer only with filling up of potholes, if necessary)
4. Laying of Cement Concrete Roads
5. Provision of buildings and/or compound walls for Government and Local Body Hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Government Veterinary Hospitals and also for Government Schools, Panchayat Union Schools, Adi Dravidar Schools, Kallar Reclamation Schools, Government Colleges and Government Hostels
6. Provision of infrastructural facilities to Government Special Schools for the differently abled and Government Orphanages
7. Construction of Bridges
8. Provision of additional Burial Grounds / Cremation Grounds to the Village Panchayats not having such facilities.
9. Provision of compound wall / fencing in the burial grounds belonging to public Wakfs registered with Wakf Board. Since the Wakf Board does not have any Engineering wing, this work may be entrusted with the Local Bodies concerned.
b) In Urban Areas
1. Installation of Solar Street Lights
2. Upgradation of Gravel / WBM Roads to BT standard
3. Renewal of badly worn-out BT roads (laying of BT layer only with filling up of potholes, if necessary)
4. Laying of Cement Concrete Roads
5. Provision of buildings and/or compound walls for Government and Local Body Hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Government Veterinary Hospitals and also for Government Schools, Panchayat Union Schools, Adi Dravidar Schools, Kallar Reclamation Schools, Government Colleges and Government Hostels.
6. Provision of infrastructural facilities to Government Special schools for the differently abled and Government Orphanages
7. Construction of Bridges
8. Provision of infrastructure facilities to Burial Grounds / Cremation Grounds
9. Provision of Concrete Pavements with storm water drains, if so required
10. Formation of new Public Parks
11. Construction of Public Toilets
12. Purchase of Jetrodding Machines and hydraulically operated sewerage machines
13. Provision of compound wall/fencing in the burial grounds belonging to public Wakfs registered with Wakf Board. Since the Wakf Board does not have any Engineering wing, this work may be entrusted with the Local Bodies concerned.
Renovation of Integrated Sanitary Complex for Women
Provision of sanitary facilities for women was one of the priority areas of the Rural Development Department when this Government was in power in 2001. The non availability of sanitary facilities impacts women and they suffer in silence. Absence of sanitary facilities is primarily due to both poverty and cultural inhibitions, which had to be overcome. Therefore, it was of paramount importance to ensure privacy and safety to women besides improving general hygiene and health to the rural people.
The Government in 2001 decided to build Integrated Sanitary Complexes for Women in all the 12,618 Village Panchayats in the State, at an approximate area of 750 sq.ft. each. The selected sites were easily accessible to the rural women and nearer to the habitations. Each complex had 14 water closets, 2 bathrooms, 1 pump room with pump set, 1 water tub and stone-paved washing facilities. Adequate water supply for washing and bathing requirements were also ensured. The total users were identified and grouped for the purpose of allocation of individual toilets within the complex. The Village Panchayats provided electricity connection for water supply and lighting and the allotted families maintained the upkeep of the complex. The complexes were provided with incinerators for disposal of the sanitary napkins of the user women.
Initially, 385 Integrated Sanitary Complexes for Women were constructed at the rate of 1 per Panchayat Union at a cost of Rs.2.00 lakh each. Between 2001 and 2004, all the Village Panchayats in the State were covered under the Scheme with the enhanced unit cost of Rs. 2.25 lakh. However, most of the Integrated Sanitary Complexes for Women were rendered unusable since the previous Government did not give adequate attention for its maintenance.
As per the directions of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, 12,796 sanitary complexes which were in the state of disuse have been renovated at a cost of Rs.170 crore during 2011-12, thereby restoring the basic facilities of the rural women.
Clean Village Campaign
In order to create a momentum to bring about a sanitary revolution in the State, this Government launched “Clean Village Campaign” in 2003. The Clean Village Campaign encompassed all activities taken up in the village for environmental sanitation.
Objectives of the Clean Village Campaign are
• To create more awareness to the community on the adverse consequences of open defecation practices.
• To recognize the special needs of different categories of people and promote sanitation needs of specific groups like children, women, adolescents, aged people, disabled, etc.
• To promote environmental sanitation in all institutions like Anganwadis, Schools, public places, etc.
• To develop and promote technology options for different geographic locations and conditions of water availability, depth of water table, etc.
• To promote hygienic behaviour through change in knowledge-attitude practices and skills for improving environmental sanitation.
• To empower the community and local governments in planning and implementation, strengthening their managerial capacity and responsibility on all aspects of environmental sanitation.
• To enable net-working, coordination and better convergence of various agencies and groups working in this sector with a view to optimize efficiency in implementation and ensuring sustainability of systems.
The strategy is focused on mobilizing the community through intensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities with the involvement of Village Panchayats and various other departments.
The components of Clean Village Campaign are
• Eliminating the practice of open defecation
• Water conservation and waste water re-use
• Solid waste management
• Night soil based Biogas plant
The Village Panchayats with 100% sanitation coverage in individual households, schools and Anganwadis were free from open defecation with clean environment through solid waste management and water conservation and also had provision of rain water harvesting in all the houses, were eligible to be nominated for a cash award of Rs.5.00 lakh by the State. The Government disbursed awards every year to 15 such Village Panchayats as a “Cash and Recognition Incentive”.
Clean Village Campaign which was shelved by the previous Government was revived and re-introduced by this Government during 2011-12 with an allocation of Rs.1.55 crore for giving cash award of Rs.5 lakh for 31 selected Village Panchayats, at the rate of one Village Panchayat from each district.
For the year 2011-12, proposals were received from all the 31 District Collectors who have recommended 91 Village Panchayats for the Award. These proposals have been scrutinized and 31 Village Panchayats, one Village Panchayat from each district, have been selected for the Award by the Government. Similar exercise is being carried out for 2012-13 also.
This scheme will continue in 2013-14 with an allocation of Rs.1.55 crore.
In order to create a momentum to bring about a sanitary revolution in the State, this Government launched “Clean Village Campaign” in 2003. The Clean Village Campaign encompassed all activities taken up in the village for environmental sanitation.
Objectives of the Clean Village Campaign are
• To create more awareness to the community on the adverse consequences of open defecation practices.
• To recognize the special needs of different categories of people and promote sanitation needs of specific groups like children, women, adolescents, aged people, disabled, etc.
• To promote environmental sanitation in all institutions like Anganwadis, Schools, public places, etc.
• To develop and promote technology options for different geographic locations and conditions of water availability, depth of water table, etc.
• To promote hygienic behaviour through change in knowledge-attitude practices and skills for improving environmental sanitation.
• To empower the community and local governments in planning and implementation, strengthening their managerial capacity and responsibility on all aspects of environmental sanitation.
• To enable net-working, coordination and better convergence of various agencies and groups working in this sector with a view to optimize efficiency in implementation and ensuring sustainability of systems.
The strategy is focused on mobilizing the community through intensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities with the involvement of Village Panchayats and various other departments.
The components of Clean Village Campaign are
• Eliminating the practice of open defecation
• Water conservation and waste water re-use
• Solid waste management
• Night soil based Biogas plant
The Village Panchayats with 100% sanitation coverage in individual households, schools and Anganwadis were free from open defecation with clean environment through solid waste management and water conservation and also had provision of rain water harvesting in all the houses, were eligible to be nominated for a cash award of Rs.5.00 lakh by the State. The Government disbursed awards every year to 15 such Village Panchayats as a “Cash and Recognition Incentive”.
Clean Village Campaign which was shelved by the previous Government was revived and re-introduced by this Government during 2011-12 with an allocation of Rs.1.55 crore for giving cash award of Rs.5 lakh for 31 selected Village Panchayats, at the rate of one Village Panchayat from each district.
For the year 2011-12, proposals were received from all the 31 District Collectors who have recommended 91 Village Panchayats for the Award. These proposals have been scrutinized and 31 Village Panchayats, one Village Panchayat from each district, have been selected for the Award by the Government. Similar exercise is being carried out for 2012-13 also.
This scheme will continue in 2013-14 with an allocation of Rs.1.55 crore.
Repair and Renovation of Anganwadi Centers
Minor repairs
The Honourable Chief Minister announced in the Assembly on 12.9.2011 that all the Anganwadi Centres will be repaired and renovated. The Government have issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No. 20, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department dated 27.3.2012 sanctioning Rs.52.83 crores for minor repair of Anganwadi Centres in Rural Areas. Accordingly, 8,596 Anganwadi Centres have been taken up for repair and 8,465 (98%) Centres have been repaired so far and the repair in the balance 131 Centres will be completed before 31.3.2013.
Major Repairs
The Government has issued orders sanctioning Rs. 32.99 crore for major repair of Anganwadi Centres in Rural Areas. Accordingly, 2,509 Anganwadi Centres have been taken up for repairs and 829 have been completed. In the remaining centres works are in different stages of progress which will be completed before 30.4.2013. Repair works such as wall cracks, roof leakage, replacement of roof, floors, doors and windows, white wash and colour wash are being carried out.
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SPONSORED SCHEMES
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS)
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was conceptualized and enacted as an Act in the Parliament in September 2005 to give a statutory backing to the scheme. The objective of the Act is to enhance the livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The primary objective of the Scheme is to augment the wage employment and the auxiliary objective is to strengthen natural resource management through works that address causes of chronic poverty like drought, deforestation, soil erosion, etc., and thus encourage sustainable development.
In Tamil Nadu, the Scheme was first notified on 2.2.2006 in 6 districts of the State, which was subsequently extended to other districts in a phased manner.
Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)
The objective of this scheme is to fill the gaps existing in the infrastructure facilities created through various Central and State Schemes thereby enabling wholesome development in both rural and urban areas. The Government of India has enhanced the MPLADS fund outlay from Rs.2.00 crore to Rs.5.00 crore per annum per MP from the financial year 2011-12.The administrative expenses have also been increased from 0.5% to 2% of the annual entitlement of Rs.5.00 crore from the year 2011-12. The District Collector gives administrative sanction for the works. The guidelines contain an illustrative list of works that may be taken up and a ‘negative list’ of works not permitted under this scheme. Under the scheme, all maintenance works of any type are prohibited. Desilting of ponds, rivers, tanks, canals, etc, are also treated as maintenance activities and cannot be taken up under MPLADS.
During the year 2012-13, the total allocation under this scheme is Rs.295 crore. So far 4,534 works have been taken up with an estimate cost of Rs.224.94 crore. Out of this 1,303 works have been completed and the remaining works will be completed shortly.
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For the year 2013–14, the eligible amount for Tamil Nadu under the scheme is Rs.295 crore.

Union Cabinet approves Atal Mission for Rejuvenation

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved Central Government spending of about one lakh crore on urban development under two new urban missions over the next five years. The Cabinet has approved the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation of 500 cities (AMRUT) with outlays of Rs.48,000 crore and Rs.50,000 crore respectively. Under the Smart Cities Mission, each selected city would get central assistance of Rs.100 crore per year for five years. Smart City aspirants will be selected through a ‘City Challenge Competition’. Smart City Action Plans will be implemented by Special Purpose Vehicles(SPV) to be created for each city and state governments will ensure steady stream of resources for SPVs.

RULES FOR PRADHAN MANTRI JEEVAN JYOTI BIMA YOJANA DETAILS OF THE SCHEME:

The scheme will be a one year cover, renewable from year to year, Insurance Scheme offering life insurance cover for death due to any reason. The scheme would be offered / administered through LIC and other Life Insurance companies willing to offer the product on similar terms with necessary approvals and tie ups with Banks for this purpose. Participating banks will be free to engage any such life insurance company for implementing the scheme for their subscribers.
Scope of coverage: All savings bank account holders in the age 18 to 50 years in participating banks will be entitled to join. In case of multiple saving bank accounts held by an individual in one or different banks, the person would be eligible to join the scheme through one savings bank account only. Aadhar would be the primary KYC for the bank account.
Enrolment period: Initially on launch for the cover period 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016, subscribers will be required to enroll and give their auto-debit consent by 31st May 2015. Late enrollment for prospective cover will be possible up to 31st August 2015, which may be extended by Govt. of India for another three months, i.e. up to 30th of November, 2015. Those joining subsequently may be able to do so with payment of full annual premium for prospective cover, with submission of a self-certificate of good health in the prescribed proforma.
Enrolment Modality: The cover shall be for the one year period stretching from 1st June to 31st May for which option to join / pay by auto-debit from the designated savings bank account on the prescribed forms will be required to be given by 31st May of every year, with the exception as above for the initial year. Delayed enrollment with payment of full annual premium for prospective cover may be possible with submission of a self certificate of good health. Individuals who exit the scheme at any point may re-join the scheme in future years by submitting a declaration of good health in the prescribed proforma. In future years, new entrants into the eligible category or currently eligible individuals who did not join earlier or discontinued their subscription shall be able to join while the scheme is continuing, subject to submission of self-certificate of good health.
Benefits: Rs.2 lakhs is payable on member’s death due to any reason
Premium: Rs.330/- per annum per member. The premium will be deducted from the account holder’s savings bank account through ‘auto debit’ facility in one installment, as per the option given, on or before 31 st May of each annual coverage period under the scheme. Delayed enrollment for prospective cover after 31st May will be possible with full payment of annual premium and submission of a self-certificate of good health. The premium would be reviewed based on annual claims experience. However, barring unforeseen adverse outcomes of extreme nature, efforts would be made to ensure that there is no upward revision of premium in the first three years.
Eligibility Conditions:
a) The savings bank account holders of the participating banks aged between 18 years (completed) and 50 years (age nearer birthday) who give their consent to join / enable auto-debit, as per the above modality, will be enrolled into the scheme.
b) Individuals who join after the initial enrollment period extending up to 31st August 2015 or 30th November 2015, as the case may be, will be required to give a selfcertification of good health and that he / she does not suffer from any of the critical illnesses as mentioned in the applicable Consent cum Declaration form as on date of enrollment or earlier.
Master Policy Holder: Participating Banks will be the Master policy holders. A simple and subscriber friendly administration & claim settlement process shall be finalized by LIC / other insurance company in consultation with the participating bank.
Termination of assurance: The assurance on the life of the member shall terminate on any of the following events and no benefit will become payable there under:
1) On attaining age 55 years (age near birth day) subject to annual renewal up to that date (entry, however, will not be possible beyond the age of 50 years).
2) Closure of account with the Bank or insufficiency of balance to keep the insurance in force.
3) In case a member is covered under PMJJBY with LIC of India / other company through more than one account and premium is received by LIC / other company inadvertently, insurance cover will be restricted to Rs. 2 Lakh and the premium shall be liable to be forfeited.
4) If the insurance cover is ceased due to any technical reasons such as insufficient balance on due date or due to any administrative issues, the same can be reinstated on receipt of full annual premium and a satisfactory statement of good health.
5) Participating Banks shall remit the premium to insurance companies in case of regular enrolment on or before 30th of June every year and in other cases in the same month when received.
Administration: The scheme, subject to the above, will be administered by the LIC P&GS Units / other insurance company setups. The data flow process and data proforma will be informed separately. It will be the responsibility of the participating bank to recover the appropriate annual premium in one installment, as per the option, from the account holders on or before the due date through ‘auto-debit’ process. Members may also give one-time mandate for auto-debit every year till the scheme is in force.
Enrollment form / Auto-debit authorization / Consent cum Declaration form in the prescribed proforma shall be obtained and retained by the participating bank. In case of claim, LIC/ insurance company may seek submission of the same. LIC / Insurance Company reserves the right to call for these documents at any point of time. The acknowledgement slip may be made into an acknowledgement slip-cum-certificate of insurance. The experience of the scheme will be monitored on yearly basis for re-calibration etc., as may be necessary.
Appropriation of Premium:
1) Insurance Premium to LIC / insurance company : Rs.289/- per annum per member
2) Reimbursement of Expenses to BC/Micro/Corporate/Agent : Rs.30/- per annum per member
3) Reimbursement of Administrative expenses to participating Bank: Rs.11/- per annum per member
The proposed date of commencement of the scheme will be 1st June 2015.The next Annual renewal date shall be each successive 1 st of June in subsequent years. The scheme is liable to be discontinued prior to commencement of a new future renewal date if circumstances so require.

Salient features of a few schemes Tamil Nadu Government – State and Central are given here for study purposes.
1. Tamil Nadu Village Habitations Improvement (THAI) Scheme
This Government has introduced the flagship programme called Tamil Nadu Village Habitations Improvement (THAI) Scheme from 2011-12 onwards to overcome the bottlenecks in the uneven distribution of resources and to provide minimum basic infrastructure facilities to all the habitations. Tamil Nadu is the only State focusing on ‘Habitation’ as the unit of development and no other State in the Country is implementing such an innovative scheme.
There are about 7 habitations on an average for each Village Panchayat in Tamil Nadu with 79,394 habitations in 12,524 Village Panchayats. However, the number of habitations varies from District to district. The average number of habitations in a Village Panchayat in The Nilgiris District is 37 whereas it is only 3 in Villupuram District. Therefore, allocation of equal amount to all the Village Panchayats, with varied number of habitations, has led to disparity in development, disproportionate distribution of assets and uneven progress. The THAI scheme has come as boon with the aim of extending the basic facilities to the grass root habitation.
There are 12,524 Village Panchayats in the State spread across the 31 Districts (except Chennai). As can be seen from the following table, the population of Village Panchayats in Tamil Nadu varies widely with some Village Panchayats having population even below 500 while some others have population exceeding 10,000.
2. Chief Minister Solar Powered Green House Scheme (CMSPGHS) Pl. click here for G.Os
In the Governor’s address on 03.06.2011 in the Legislative Assembly, it was announced that “This Government will launch a ‘Solar Powered Green House Scheme’ for the benefit of the poor in the rural areas and construct houses measuring about 300 square feet at a unit cost of Rs.1.80 lakh by meeting the entire cost by the State Government”.
Accordingly, this Government had ordered for construction of 60,000 Solar Powered Green Houses of 300 square feet each, every year for the next five years commencing from 2011-12 at a unit cost of Rs.1.80 lakhs per house. The scheme is named as “Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme (CMSPGHS).”
Construction of houses under “Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme” ordered by the Honourable Chief Minister is another milestone in the history of rural housing which clearly addresses the shelter needs in rural areas. Nowhere in the country is such a free housing scheme for the construction of houses with an area of 300 sq.ft with solar powered lighting implemented.
Salient features of the Scheme
• All the people living below poverty line in rural areas are eligible for Solar Powered Green Houses.
• Each house is built with an area of 300 square feet at a unit cost of Rs.1.80 lakh fully funded by the State Government.
• Each house consists of a living room, bed room, kitchen, toilet and verandah apart from Rain Water Harvesting provision.
• Each house is provided with 5 solar powered Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), one each in bed room, living room, kitchen, toilet and verandah. Each beneficiary is given the option to have an electric connection powered by TNEB, which will be metered.
• The unit cost is Rs.1.80 lakh per house @Rs.1.50 lakh for construction and Rs.30,000/- for Solar Powered Lights.
• The RD & PR Department is entrusted with the construction of houses and Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) is the implementing agency for solar lighting component.
• The Green Houses are constructed either insitu (replacing his/her existing dwelling structure) or in the land owned by the beneficiary elsewhere in the Village Panchayat. No land acquisition is envisaged under this scheme. Only people with patta for their sites are eligible under this scheme.
• The supply, installation and commissioning of solar panels and lights are undertaken directly by TEDA by following established procedures in co-ordination with the Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies.

India and Japan sign action plan for investment and trade promotion

India and Japan signed an action agenda for boosting investment and trade. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa signed the action agenda for India-Japan investment and trade promotion and Asia-Pacific economic integration.
The five agenda points included in the action agenda are:
1) Development of selected townships in India as Japanese industrial townships.
2) Promotion of investment and infrastructure development.
3) Further development and cooperation in information technology.
4) Enhancing cooperation in strategic sectors.
5) Asia-Pacific economic integration.

World Women Chess: Harika wins silver, bronze for Humpy

D Harika and Koneru Humpy came up with fine individual performances to win silver and a bronze respectively. Indian eves finished fourth in the women’s world team chess championship. China was beaten in the final round by Georgia, who finished the event with an impressive 17 points to clinch the gold medal. Georgia drew just one and won the remaining eight matches in this round-robin contest.

Panneerselvam urges Modi for NITI Aayog approved schemes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi allocate the state a sizeable amount for the schemes approved by the NITI Aayog, to ensure the ‘unfair’ treatment by the 14th Finance Commission is in part redressed.
“I strongly urge you to ensure that the unfair treatment meted out to Tamil Nadu by the Fourteenth Finance Commission is at least in part redressed by a sizeable allocation to the State out of the funds set apart for schemes to be approved by the NITI Aayog,” he said in a letter to Mr. Modi.
Stating that Tamil Nadu has a “ready shelf of large schemes,” he said such plans could be funded out of this allocation.
The schemes include encouraging deep sea fishing like replacing trawlers with tuna long-liners, desalination projects, including near Chennai city and viability gap funding for the Chennai Monorail Project.
“I request you to issue necessary directions to NITI Aayog to consider funding such specific projects from Tamil Nadu from their special allocation”, he noted.
As against 4.969 per cent share in the divisible pool of central taxes recommended by 13th Finance Commission, Tamil Nadu’s share had come down to 4.023 per cent in the 14th Commission’s recommendations, he pointed out.
“The unbalanced formula adopted by the 14th Commission has virtually singled out Tamil Nadu for the most adverse treatment.”
The reduction in the inter-se share of Tamil Nadu of 19.14 per cent represents the biggest loss in share amongst all States, the CM said.

TMC emerges clear winner in Bengal civic polls

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) party retained control of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) apart from emerging the winner in 73 other municipal bodies in West Bengal. The TMC extended its tally in KMC from 93 seats in 2010 to 115 this year, out of a total of 144 seats. The BJP managed to secure only seven seats, trailing the Left Front, which claimed twice as many.

Chennai-born Raja Rajeswari is New York’s first Indian-American woman judge

Chennai-born Raja Rajeswari has been sworn-in as a criminal court judge in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She became the first India-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City.
Ms. Rajeswari, 43, who had migrated to the U.S. from Chennai as a teenager, previously worked with the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office for her entire career in several bureaus including Criminal Court, Narcotics, Supreme Court, and the Sex Crimes Special Victims Bureau, where she last served as Deputy Chief. Currently, there are two male judges of Indian descent in civil court settings — Jaya Madhavan on the New York City Housing Court in Bronx County, and Anil C. Singh of New York County Supreme Court, 1st District.

Haryana announces Rs 1,092 crore farmer compensation.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced compensation of Rs 1,092 crore to farmers affected by inclement weather conditions, to be disbursed by May 15. Of the total amount, Rs 720 crore will be provided by the Centre while rest will be provided by the state government. 3.17 lakh acres was hit with crop loss between 76 to 100 per cent, 1.92 lakh acres with crop loss between 51 to 75 per cent and 8.24 lakh acres between 25 and 50 per cent.

Maharashtra collaborates with Israel on Smart Cities

In a key stride in collaboration between the State and Israel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai agreed to cooperate in building smart cities. Maharashtra has decided to create sustainable and friendly urban spaces that integrate the use of technology, social media, community participation and e-governance to build smart cities of Maharashtra like Nagpur, Mumbai, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik to a global standard. Mr. Fadnavis will attend an exhibition on agricultural technology, Agritech Israel 2015, and explore areas of co-operation including in emergency preparations and crises management technologies. Agritech Israel 2015 is one of the world’s most important exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies.