Authorities giving final touches to draft document

It will be taken under rural employment guarantee scheme

The State Rural Development Department has planned to remove encroachment on scores of water bodies, falling under its jurisdiction, and restore the storage of the water bodies to their original capacity.

Chief Minster Jayalalithaa has given approval to the ETPS (Ennore Thermal Power Station) Replacement Project of 600 megawatt (MW), setting the process formally for the closure of the four-decade-old ETPS.

A few days ago, the Chief Minister's nod was obtained for the project, according to an official. The proposed plant will be established, using state-of-the-art technology.

The State government has sanctioned nearly Rs.

State Planning Commission prepares draft approach paper

One thousand and nine hundred mini-solar photovoltaic (SPV) plants of 500 Watt each will be established in various village panchayats during the current financial year under the State government's scheme of energisation of street lights with solar power.

These mini-SPV plants are meant for 19,000 street lights, new and the existing located in clusters.

The Union government is inclined to examine specific requirements of States individually while implementing the proposed legislation on food security.

When it was brought to his attention that crores of people in the State would be left out of the Public Distribution System as the ceiling for coverage of urban population stipulated in the draft National Food Security Bill was 50 per cent and the provisional figures of Census 2011

Reforms in the energy sector, a long-term strategy for the planning and execution of power generation projects and separation of distribution feeders form part of the contours of the government's broad thinking. A pro-active approach to the promotion of renewable energy, especially solar energy, is another important element of the new administration's plans.

It will go up from Rs. 41,250 to Rs. 66,250 per house

The State government's share in the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), a Centrally-sponsored scheme, will hereafter be two-thirds of the unit cost of each house.

The State government has sanctioned a total of Rs. 1,157 crore for free distribution of milch cows, goats and sheep to the rural poor.

Of the total amount, the scheme for free distribution of milch cows accounts for Rs. 232 crore and for goats and sheep Rs. 925 crore. All these amounts are to be spent over the next five years.