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Farm loans written off, more power subsidy as Jayalalithaa sworn in for the 6th term as TN chief minister…. reports Asian Lite News

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha

AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa, 68, was on Monday sworn in for the sixth time as the Tamil Nadu chief minister in a packed hall in Madras University as thousands lined up on the roads outside.

She was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor K. Rosaiah. Jayalalithaa will head a 29-member ministry in the 15th Tamil Nadu assembly.

She was sworn in as chief minister for the sixth time in her political career.

Jayalalithaa later went to the Secretariat here to sign some papers.

Rosaiah also administered oath of office to her council of ministers, days after the AIADMK-led alliance won the May 16 assembly election which saw a multi-cornered contest.

Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin, industrialists and other personalities attended the swearing in ceremony.

A large number of people gathered at the venue. People lined up along both sides of the road from Jayalalithaa’s residence at Poes Garden through the stretch from Kamaraj Salai on the Marina up to Madras University campus.

The AIADMK-led front won 134 seats in the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly. AIADMK party cadres distributed sweets and cakes to celebrate the occasion.

Farm loans, liquor policy

Soon after assuming office for the sixth time, Jayalalithaa signed orders writing off farm loans, and free power for first 100 units for domestic consumers and 750 units for handloom weavers — to fulfill her poll promises.

Orders were also issued to reduce the working time of government owned liquor shops, and to give away eight gram of gold in marriages of poor girls.

In a statement here, the government said Jayalalithaa signed the orders to waive off the farm loans, medium- and long-term loans from cooperative banks.

The financial impact for the government will be Rs.5,780 crore, the statement said.

She also signed the orders to offer free power to domestic users up to first 100 units.

The government would provide an additional subsidy of Rs.1,607 crore to the power utility per year for this.

Jayalalithaa also passed orders to provide eight gram gold — earlier four gram gold — to poor girls on their marriage.

The ruling AIADMK also promised phased implementation of liquor prohibition in the state.

Liquor is retailed in Tamil Nadu by a state government undertaking popularly known as Tasmac outlet.

Jayalalithaa passed orders to close down 500 liquor outlets in the state and curtail the working hours of these outlets.

According to new order, liquor shops will be open between 12 noon and 10 p.m. Earlier, these shops functioned between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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