The Tamil Nadu government – decided to withdraw its earlier announcement to introduce public examinations for Classes V and VIII, scheduled in March and April
The state school education minister K A Sengottaiyan announced that the old pattern will continue, citing several representations and suggestions received by the government for the rethink
The 15th Finance Commission – allocates Rs 556 crore for tackling air pollution and handling solid waste management in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy (under the category of cities with more than one million population each) for the next Financial Year.
The Commission had allocated Rs 5,344 crore to local bodies in the state for 2020-21.
Of the total allocation, Rs 1,737 crore is set aside for urban local bodies.
Chennai will be receiving a maximum assistance of Rs 362 crore.
It will also receive another Rs 100 crore separately to prevent flooding in the city
A targeted allocation of Rs 500 crore has been made in 2020-21 from the National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF) to enable cities with a population of more than 5 million to prepare integrated solutions for flood management during monsoon period.
The commission has also decided to propose grants to all three tiers of panchayats in rural local bodies and also to cantonment boards in urban local bodies.
For the first time, the finance commission has categorised cities into million-plus cities and cities with less than one million population
Further, the commission has recommended that states make allotment of grants on the basis of population to the cantonment boards within their territories.
It has identified two cantonment boards in Tamil Nadu — St Thomas Mount in Chennai and Wellington in The Nilgiris district which have a total population of 63,257 people.
The Tamil Nadu government - is planning to invite global bids for a consultant to do a detailed master plan for a second airport site – likely to be Parandur near Sunguvarchatram - within a week
The selected consultant will prepare the financial model and development model for the airport under a public-private-partnership (PPP) framework
Currently, the state has international airports at Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Madurai and domestic airports at Tuticorin and Salem.
Chennai remains one of the four busiest airports in the entire country, with 20.36 million passengers recorded in 2017-18
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