A Budget to Remember in the history of India!

Indhubala Ravanan

Tamil Nadu Budget 2022-23 was prepared meticulously with a motherly instinct and with the responsibility of a teacher, said the CM of Tamil Nadu Mr.MK.Stalin 

“Come to school – lunch will be provided in Chennai” – Said the Justice Party 

“Come to school -lunch will be provided in the whole of Tamil Nadu” – Said Kamaraj

“ Come to school – We will provide you free education”- Said Kalaignar Karunanithi

“Come to school –  Nutritional meal plan will be provided” -Said MGR [A brainchild of Kalaignar]

Come to school – I will Provide you footwear” -Said MGR 

“Come to school – Egg + Nutritional meal plan will be provided” – Said Kalaignar Karunanithi 

“Come to school – If you are a vegetarian, the banana will also be provided”.  – Said Kalaignar Karunanidhi 

“Come to school- Free bus passes will be given” – Said Kalaignar Karunanithi 

“Come to school – Marriage Assistance Schemes for girls who complete schooling” –  Said Kalaignar Karunanithi

“For UG graduates – More allowance for marriage” – Said J. Jayalalitha

“Come to school – Variety rice will be provided” –  Said J. Jayalalitha.

“Come to school – will provide Cycle, laptop” – Said J. Jayalalitha

“Come to college – if a student from a govt school joins a professional course, fees will be taken care of by my government” – says Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin

“Join IIT, AIMS, IIM – if a student from a govt school joins  IIT, AIMS, IIM, the fees will be taken care of by my government” -says Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin

“Come to college – Students from govt schools on joining college will be given Rs.1000 every month”  – says Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin

The above-stated history deposes how much did the Dravida iyakkam do starting from Neethi Katchi (Justice Party) to DMK including Mr. Kamaraj, who always followed the footprints of Thanthai Periyar. The Iyakkam is still the epitome of social justice and has consistently been concentrating on the empowerment of women. Women being the pillar of strength for society need to be empowered for the overall growth of society. The most trusted principle of Dravida iyakkam is that If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation and thus the country becomes prosperous both socially and economically.

The finance minister Mr.PTR went deep in preparing the Financial Plan for the year 2022-2023. He has focused on the overall development of the state, as to how a mother would focus on her children’s overall development as rightly pointed out by the CM of Tamil Nadu, Mr. MK. Stalin.

The primary theme of the budget; is focused on Women’s empowerment, Upliftment of the oppressed, the setting up of the knowledge city, and the translation of the ideological thoughts and the books of thanthai Periyar are highly commendable. 

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan said that for the first time since 2014, the state’s revenue deficit will fall by over Rs 7,000 crore in 2022-2023 and that the fiscal deficit will decline from 4.61 percent to 3.80 percent. This looks very promising and was a good start to a well desirable budget. 

The budget has allocated Rs17 crores for health & family welfare, Rs.4.131 crores for loan waiver as part of the cooperation, food, consumer protection department, Rs.190 crores to renovate samathuvapurams, Rs 50 crore to develop a startup ecosystem; a Rs 75-crore startup hub at Nandambakkam in Chennai; central libraries in new districts at Rs 36 crore; Rs 25 crore to coach athletes for the Olympics; a state-of-the-art facility for volleyball, badminton, basketball, and boxing in north Chennai at Rs 10 crore; Rs 20 crore to support NGOs taking care of abandoned and injured pets and strays; and book fairs in all districts. These were the highlights among many other announcements in the budget.

The Highlight of the budget is that the government will fund the Undergraduate degree of students who have studied in government schools from Classes 6 to 12. Taking into account that the number of girl students from state-run schools pursuing higher education is low, the government has decided to convert its marriage assistance scheme to a scheme for higher education assistance, under which around six lakh girls who studied from Classes 6-12 in government schools will get Rs 1,000 per month till they complete undergraduate degrees or polytechnic or ITI diplomas without interruption. The intention behind this is to increase the gross enrolment ratio of women in higher education. 

Many leaders have opposed removing the marriage assistance scheme, stating that the marriage assistance scheme was a much-needed one and removing of which would put many poor women at loss.  

The marriage assistance scheme that was introduced by J.Jayalalitha provided 8 grams of gold for the girls under the ‘Thaalikku Thangam Thittam’ (Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance scheme), for economically poor girls of marriageable age. However, the beneficiaries were not many as per the norms set by the then-state government. Until the year 2017 to 2018, the number of beneficiaries was not even 2000 girls. Now under this new scheme announced by the state government, more than six lakh girl students will be benefited.

Beneficiaries in the until the year 2017-18

Name of the schemeGraduated beneficiaries Non-graduated beneficiaries 
Marriage Assitance Scheme 823411.50

 It is pertinent to state that the beneficiary would not get the gold at the time of marriage, but only on the submission of the marriage certificate & marriage invitation they got the gold and many of them can testify on them receiving it after the childbirth. Moreover, many wrong dealings were witnessed in the procurement of gold.

But under the current scheme, apart from a Scholarship/fee paid by the government,  free travel in buses, a girl gets an incentive of INR1000 to continue with  her education uninterrupted. Which not only motivates her and her family to educate her but also empowers her to buy her own gold out of her earnings for her marriage.

INR 500 crore has been budgeted for flood prevention works in Chennai. The government will set up an advanced early warning system with supercomputers, weather balloons, two weather radars, 100 automatic weather stations, 400 automatic rain gauges, and 11 automatic water level instruments, which indeed shows the forethought of the state government to prevent the floods. The dedication and the meticulous job of the state government were indeed seen from the chief minister and the ministers’ standings in the road during the floods to bring the situation to normal and achieve the same within 2 days all over Tamil Nadu.

Allocating Rs 10,285.22 crore for the police department, the government said a new social media center would be established to curb cybercrimes “resulting from fake news”.

A Rs 300-crore botanical garden will be built near Chennai in partnership with Kew Gardens of London. 

To renovate and restore ancient temples, the government will spend Rs 100 crore.

Illam Thedi Kalvi, the exemplary program to address the learning losses caused by the pandemic, has been allocated Rs 200 crore as part of Rs 36,895.89 crore budgeted for school education. 

Rs 50 crore has been allocated for “Naan Mudhalvan”, a pet project of the chief minister to train five lakh youths every year by enhancing their knowledge, intellect, and skills.

A knowledge city is to be developed through international collaboration. “This will have branches of world-renowned universities with research and development hubs, skill training centers, and knowledge-based enterprises”. Yet another proof that MKS’ government believes in the development in the field of education and is determined to cause a revolution in the field.

The archaeological department will expand its excavation project to seven places in Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, and Dharmapuri districts. 

A collection of Periyar’s written works will be published in print and digital formats in 21 Indian and world languages at Rs 5 crore.

In a gesture to help the micro-enterprises, the Tamil Nadu government launched, Micro Cluster Development Programme, allocation of INR 50crore for the development of 20 microclusters including the artificial jewelry making by the narikuravars in Kancheepuram district, toy cluster in Madurai, cookware cluster in Tirunelveli and cashew processing clusters in Cuddalore.

Tamil Nadu Coir Business Development Corporation will be set up in Coimbatore for developing the coir sector to popularise value-added coir products, made in Tamil Nadu to develop the coir industry across the State.

 The government would set up new industrial parks at an investment worth INR 50 crores in Coimbatore, Perambalur, Madurai, Vellore, and Tiruvallur districts to promote widespread industrial development across the State. 

An amount of ₹300 crores has been provided as capital subsidy for MSMEs for the next fiscal compared to the ₹280 crores allocated for the current financial year. Reserving 5% of all government divisible procurement for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe entrepreneurs is another significant initiative.

In total, this Budget is a Socioeconomic

s focussed & visionary Budget, A budget for all, a treat for the students   & women, By far the most inclusive and progressive one yet.

Tamil Nadu is indeed in the hands of great administrators.

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