Jayalalithaa reviews power situation of TN
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha has chaired a high level meeting at the secretariat in Chennai, to take stock of the power situation.
The meeting on Monday took place amid reports that there were frequent electricity fluctuations and outages in Chennai and other parts of the state.
Electricity and excise minister P Thangamani, chief secretary K Gnanadesikan, advisor to Tamil Nadu government Sheela Balakrishnan, public works department and energy additional chief secretary N S Palaniappan, TANGEDCO chairman and managing director M Saikumar and other top officials attended the meet.
Last week, Jayalalithaa who beat all odds and crushed the exit poll credibility in the recently concluded Assembly Elections 2016, fulfilled her poll promise and said 100 units of electricity will be provided to the people of Tamil Nadu.
Apart from the free power, other freebies promised by the AIADMK chief include 50% subsidy for women to buy scooters, free laptops with Internet for students in Class 11 and Class 12, eight grams of gold for women getting married, free cell phones for all ration-card holders, Rs 18,000 as maternity assistance, maternity leave for nine months and Rs 40,000 crore in loans for farmers from 2016-2021.
The CM also ordered the closure of 500 state-run liquor outlets and cut short the timing of retail outlets by two hours, as part of her party’s prohibition policy to be implemented in phases. During her previous tenure, alcohol was one of the main revenue earners for the state (approximately Rs 30,000 crore).