news Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 05:30
On her first day back in office, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa set the state machinery rolling by signing a slew of welfare schemes.  The CM dropped in at the Secretariat at Fort St. George and got down to business by launching 201 Amma canteens, the chain of government-sponsored subsidy eateries that have become famous across the state.  Further, 16 Amma Pharmacies have been inaugurated along with 4000 houses allocated for policemen and buildings announced for police stations.  A day after her swearing-in ceremony attended by high-profile guests, Jayalalithaa has also signed a Rs. 1800 crore development project along with  a Rs 100 crore employment training scheme for women apart from sales of cheaper pulses.  Jayalalithaa's return as CM is being seen as a huge relief for the state which has been left in virtual limbo following her ouster as the Chief Minister last year. With her second-in-command and staunch loyalist, O Panneerselvam at the helm of affairs during her absence, the state machinery was left untouched with advancements in government projects moving at a snail’s pace.  Putting to rest all criticism from opposition parties over poor governance in the absence of Jayalalithaa, she has set the ball rolling by unleashing a list of welfare schemes and development programmes for the public.  The first leg of the Metro rail from Koyambedu to Alandur built at the cost of Rs. 4000 crore is expected to be inaugurated soon. Even the Global Investor’s meet - the first ever two-day event by Tamil Nadu planned along the lines of ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ is to be held in September after its sudden postponement this May.