TN CM Palaniswami takes charge, unveils sops just like Jayalalithaa
The chair of former CM Jayalaithaa was unoccupied since she was hospitalised in September last year as Panneerselvam never used her office or chair after taking oath following her death.
Beginning his role as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister officially, Palaniswami on Monday announced the closure of 500 more retail liquor outlets in the state.
Pushing the populist agenda of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the new chief minister hiked financial assistance under a maternity scheme from Rs 16,000 to Rs 18,000, among other new schemes.
Palaniswami, who recently won a vote of confidence in the Assembly to take over the post from O Panneerselvam, used the office of late J Jayalalithaa on Moday after more than five months.
The chair was unoccupied since Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in September last year as Panneerselvam never used her office or chair after taking oath following her death.
Addressing media after announcing new cabinet decisions, Palaniswami said announcement was made to honour former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's promise to bring in prohibition in a phased manner in Tamil Nadu, PTI reported.
He also signed a scheme to provide a 50-per cent subsidy to women beneficiaries to buy two-wheelers, free housing for fishermen and increasing the dole for the unemployed youth, the news agency reported.
5000 Houses at a cost of 1lakh 70 thousand per house to be constructed for fishermen. #TNCM
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"The government will ensure all steps for an unhindered supply of water in urban and rural areas," the new CM added.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has sought a report from the Assembly Secretary on the circumstances that led to the ruckus in the Assembly during the vote of confidence on Saturday.
On separate complaints from former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin, the Governor directed the Assembly Secretary to give a “factual report” on the happenings, a Raj Bhavan official said.