Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa made a slew of announcements aimed at rural development, including roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at a cost of Rs 1,475 crore, besides announcing formation of 10,000 more Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) this year.
Making a statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, she said the government led by her has been taking various steps to ensure that people living in villages get all facilities on par with those in the cities.
”Under a new initiative called Tamil Nadu Rural Roads Development Scheme, Rs 800 crore has been allocated in 2015-16 to improve 4,000 kms roads,” she said, adding, work on 41 bridges would be taken up at a cost of Rs 50 crore. ‘In addition, Rs 200 crore will be allocated for the maintenance of rural roads,’ she added. The Chief Minister said works at a cost of Rs 375 crore would be carried out to improve basic facilities in rural areas, including roads, bridges, panchayat union buildings and village panchayat office buildings. ”Under the State Infrastructure and Basic Facilities Fund, roads, bridges and other facilities will be created at a cost of Rs 50 crore,’ she said and added that the total cost of the above projects will be Rs 1,475 crore.
Jayalalithaa said the government led by her has decided to implement e-service in rural areas, in a bid to ensure that people living in villages get government services such as birth/death certificates, income certificates, old-age pension scheme and other schemes in their native places. ‘For this, service centres will be set up in 3,890 villages in 2015-16 at a cost of Rs 661.30 crore,’ she added.
Stating that maintenance and power bills of the existing street lights were huge, she said the government would adopt green technology by replacing eight lakh street lamps with LED lights at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
She said the solid waste management scheme, which is already being implemented in village areas, will be expanded to Municipalities, villages located near district headquarters and villages with high population at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
Jayalalithaa further said permanent jobs will be created to 30,000 youngsters through skill development programmes and Rs 30 crore will be spent on this.