This is with regard to ‘Buying peace with poor’ (FE, December 8) on Amma’s politics leaning on the poor. It is important to focus the beacon on the economics of the welfare measures in Tamil Nadu.
TN’s model of development
This is with regard to ‘Buying peace with poor’ (FE, December 8) on Amma’s politics leaning on the poor. It is important to focus the beacon on the economics of the welfare measures in Tamil Nadu. An inheritance from the past DMK regime, Jayalalithaa, the successor chief minister continued all the schemes for the poor and deprived with a missionary zeal, constantly upgrading them. The direct-to-door model, designed carefully to benefit the poor without losing focus on steady economic progress, had gradually gained traction in the state. All future governments will be watched through the prism of these welfare projects. Nevertheless, some argued the populist schemes hit the developmental activities and decelerated growth. However, the data in public domain puncture this contention. As per the data for August 2015 in the reports of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Tamil Nadu’s contribution to India’s Gross Domestic Product ranks second highest in the year FY15. Only Maharashtra contributes more. Gujarat, which is touted as as the model for India, is ranked fourth, a shade above West Bengal. Tamil Nadu is way ahead in human development, as the Index shows, which encompasses income, health and education of the population. In GSDP growth, the state is inching closer to the state of Gujarat and is likely to overtake it in the near future. Under her rule, the state was shaping up to be a model welfare state.
There can be no second opinion that the dignified act of the DMK leaders like M K Stalin, Kanimozhi and others in rushing to pay their homage to late CM Jayalalithaa has opened a new chapter in the annals of Tamil Nadu politics. This gesture of the DMK and the generous encomium paid to Jayalalithaa by the DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi on her demise, would go a long way in formatting a healthy trend and camaraderie among the politicians who don’t see eye to eye always on most issues.