Panneerselvam to chair cabinet meeting, crucial decisions to be taken

Panneerselvam to chair cabinet meeting, crucial decisions to be taken

Finance minister O Panneerselvam, who has been allocated the portfolios held by ailing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, will preside over a meeting of the Tamil Nadu cabinet today, sources said.

Panneerselvam will chair the meeting at the state secretariat as Jayalalithaa is undergoing medical treatment at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai since September 22.

Last week, Acting Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao had “on the advice” of the Chief Minister, allocated portfolios handled by Ms Jayalalithaa to Mr. Panneerselvam and authorised him to preside over Cabinet meetings in her absence.

It is expected that the Cabinet would take stock of the fallout of the report submitted by the Cauvery High-level Technical Committee in the Supreme Court in which Tamil Nadu’s concerns have reportedly not been adequately addressed.

According to sources, the ministers are expected to meet at 9:30 am on Wednesday and discuss various issues including the Cauvery dispute and the course of action the State government has been taking in it.

The meeting also comes at a time when the GST (goods and services) Council is meeting to discuss various issues including the tax rates.

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