TN Assembly session from today, to go on till March 9

The Tamil Nadu assembly will meet from today (March 9). “Speaker P Dhanapal has convened the assembly at 10am,” said an official release.

The session will go on till April 9. The Business Advisory Committee finalised the agenda during a meeting on March 2. The session will debate demands for grants for various government departments under the Budget 2020-21.

It was only during the last Assembly session between February 14 and 20 that Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam , who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented the State Budget 2020-21.

As per the budget document, the net outstanding debt is expected to increase to Rs 4.56 lakh crore at the end of March 31, 2021. Panneerselvam said the state economy grew at 8.17% in 2018-19. It is projected to be 7.27% in 2019-20, which is significantly higher than the projected all India growth rate of 5%.

The DMK recently sought to raise an issue of breach of privilege in the Legislative Assembly against Minister for Tamil Official Language Ma Foi K Pandiarajan over a statement made by him in the House last month. But, after the Minister’s reply, Speaker P Dhanapal concluded that there was no breach of privilege in the issue.

During the session the ruling AIADMK was expected to come out with various announcements, especially by the Chief Minister Under Rule 110 in the Assembly, as the elections to Urban Local bodies was likely to be held next month.

Talking to reporters after the BAC meeting, Dhanapal said on March nine, the days proceedings would be adjourned after adopting obituary references in respect of two Opposition DMK MLAs K P P Samy (Tiruvottriyur) and Kathavaryan (Gudiyatham-R) who passed away recently and also in respect of former members.