Chennai: Reiterating that the Centre held back several hundred crore of rupees due for Tamil Nadu, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai has accused the Centre of not being inclined to provide funds though it received hefty revenue collections through taxes from Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu, Thambidurai claimed, contributed to a major share of revenue collection through taxes to the Centre and this ought to make the Central government allot more funds to the state. “But we are not receiving any funds to implement the welfare projects. When Amma (former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa) was alive about Rs 18,000 crore was pending from the Centre,” he said.
Speaking to reporters in Coimbatore on Saturday he said the state government required huge financial resources to plan projects and also to implement the schemes for the benefit of the people.
“I had pointed this out to Pon Radhakrishnan (Union minister of state for finance and shipping). Let him help Tamil Nadu in securing the pending monies from his government,” Mr Thambidurai said. He also claimed that the BJP-led government at the Centre has not allotted funds to the MPs under the ‘adopt a village scheme.’...