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Tamil Nadu govt presents budget with focus on '7 grand Tamil dream'

Finance Minister Thangam Thennarasu presented the budget and made a slew of announcements. This included the "Kalaignarin Kanavu Illam," a housing scheme named after the late DMK patriarch and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Chennai Published on: February 19, 2024 11:30 IST
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin speaks during the TN
Image Source : PTI Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin speaks during the TN Assembly session in Chennai.

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday presented its budget for the year 2024-25, premising the exercise on the "7 grand Tamil dream," which included social justice and women's welfare at the core.

Finance Minister Thangam Thennarasu presented the budget and made a slew of announcements. This included the "Kalaignarin Kanavu Illam," a housing scheme named after the late DMK patriarch and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. As per the scheme, 8 lakh concrete houses will be constructed in rural areas across the state to make it 'hut-free' by 2030, he said.

Social justice, welfare of the marginalised, making Tamil youth global achievers were among the 7 goals, Thennarasu said in his budget speech. Among others, he announced allocating Rs 300 crore in budget for civic amenities including roads for areas nearby city corporations.

Thennarasu said the state has made very significant progress in poverty reduction through its welfare schemes. The NITI Aayog has said that people below poverty line in Tamil Nadu was only about 2.2 per cent, he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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