TN launches equitable growth initiative

Chennai, Aug 3 | Updated: Aug 4 2005, 05:44am hrs
Tamil Nadu, already experiencing a relatively higher growth, wants to develop its economy faster and to move to a development discourse that has real meaning for the poor. The state has launched The Tamil Nadu equitable growth initiative for this.

It is an out-of-the box design to facilitate a paradigm shift in development policy planning framework, that would impart sustainability in the growth process, chief minister, J Jayalalithaa said.

Launching the programme, in the presence of Michael F Carter, country director, World Bank, and VS Arunachalam, vice chairman, state Planning Commission, here on Wednesday, Ms Jayalalithaa said, It is a collaborative exercise involving the people and the government in strengthening the policy formulation process.

She said, We are laying the foundation for an institutionalised alliance between the people, the government and experts for brainstorming and chalking out a cohesive new strategy to ensure the high growth with equity goal that we have set for ourselves.

State chief secretary N Narayanan said six major development objectives are identified. Each objective has areas of initiative.

Each group is being headed by a senior official in the rank of a department secretary as the government task leader. For each area there is a World Bank counterpart to give expert advise and to provide general guidelines. The civil society and stakeholders are represented by individuals, institutions, industry organisations, heads of government institutions etc.

Mr Narayanan said the groups would be in discussion and the thought process would continue for the next nine to 12 months. They would formulate a set of options for the political executive to choose from. The government will select those options which will enable high inclusive and equitable growth, he said.

The development objectives and areas of initiative are: employment generation, private sector development, public expenditure and poverty reduction, improved service delivery, agriculture productivity enhancement and human development.