TN Assembly session to begin on March 9, expected to be stormy

The next session of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly is set to commence on March 9. An official communication from Assembly Secretary, K Srinivasan, stated that the Speaker has convened the session at 10 a.m. on March 9.

The notification said the demand for grants of each department will be presented during this session. The budget session was convened on 14 February during which the budget for 2020-2021 was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

The session continued till 20 February and was postponed sine die. This is the last full year budget of the present AIADMK government. Panneerselvam said Tamil Nadu achieved growth of 8.17 per cent in 2018-19.

The Deputy CM, who also holds the Finance portfolio, added that Tamilnadu will grow at 7.27 per cent for the 2020-21 fiscal. The AIADMK government will complete its term in May 2021.

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. The upcoming session is in continuation of the budget presented on February 8 by deputy chief minister Panneerselvam.

The session commencing March 9 is expected to debate demands for grants for various government departments under the Budget 2020-21. It is expected to be stormy, with the opposition led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) planning to raise various issues.