CM Jaya keeps poll promises, waives crop loans

RSTV Bureau
Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah administering the oath of secrecy to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the swearing in ceremony in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah administering the oath of secrecy to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the swearing in ceremony in Chennai

Minutes after she was sworn in, Jayalalithaa drove to her Secretariat at Fort St George and signed five files to fulfill five of her manifesto promises.

In her first file signed after taking charge as CM, Jaya waived crop loans upto March 31, 2016 payable to co-operative banks.  This is will incur a Rs 5,780 crore burden on her government.

Jayalalitha’s second order was to provide 100 units of free power for all households in the state.

This will entail an additional payout of Rs 1,607 crore as grant to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

She also ordered closure of 500 state-run retail liquor outlets and cut short working hours of bars. With effect from 23th May, bars will function from noon to 10 pm.

Earlier in the day, AIADMK chief  Jayalalithaa sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday. She along with 28 cabinet ministers were given oath by Tamil Nadu governor K Roasiah in the centenary hall of the Madras University. Jay who became Chief Minister for sixth time after securing a massive victory in the assembly polls is the first CM in past 32 years to get a consecutive term.

AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa being greeted by her cabinet colleagues after she was administered the oath of secrecy by Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah during the swearing-in ceremony in Chennai. Photo-PTI

AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa being greeted by her cabinet colleagues after she was administered the oath of secrecy by Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah during the swearing-in ceremony in Chennai.
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The Madras University Centenary Auditorium in Chennai was all decked up for the swearing-in ceremony of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa. The auditorium holds special significance for Jayalalithaa as she was first sworn-in as CM here on June 24, 1991 by the then Governor, Bhishma Narain Singh.

Tamil Nadu governor K Rosiah Spearheaded the swearing in ceremony which was attended by a host of guests including DMK treasurer M K Stalin. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Pon Radhakrishnan represented the Centre.

Jaya had also invited PM Modi to attend the swearing in ceremony but could not as he is on a trip to Iran. Prime Minister Narendra attended her 2011 swearing in as the Gujarat Chief Minister

Jaya had staked claim from the governor Rosiah on Saturday to form the government and had also submitted list of state cabinet ministers.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa first became the Chief Minister in 1991. She has her second term from 2001-06 and third one during last five years starting 2011.

DMK Treasurer M K Stalin at Jayalalithaa's swearing in. Photo-PTI

DMK Treasurer M K Stalin at Jayalalithaa’s swearing in.
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For nearly six months, starting September 2001 she was out of office after she was unseated by Supreme Court vis-a-vis electoral disqualification in the TANSI case.

Between September 29, 2014 and May 22, 2015 she was out of office again after she was disqualified as a legislator and consequently lost her CM post following her conviction in a graft case by a trial court in Bengaluru which was later set aside by Karnataka High Court.