In first decision as Tamil Nadu CM, Palaniswami shuts down 500 liquor shops, hikes maternity aid

Newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, on Monday, took a number of decisions after assuming the position by winning Saturday’s trust vote in the state Assembly. The CM approved the shutting of 500 state-run liquor shops (TASMACs), among the first five decisions he took. Apart from that, Palaniswami approved a 50 per cent subsidy for working women to buy new two-wheeler vehicles, a hike in maternity aid from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000 and building of 5000 new houses for fishermen.

News agency IANS reported that the CM also increase the monthly allowance to unemployed persons – Rs 200 per month for 10th Standard fail, Rs 300 for 10th Standard pass, Rs 400 for 12th Standard fail, Rs 600 for graduates and post-graduates.

VK Sasikala, whose chief ministerial ambitions were crushed by a Supreme Court order convicting her in a corruption case, had nominated Palaniswamy for the top job. He had won a vote of confidence with 122 votes in his favor.

The DMK has said that the trust vote is illegal because it was introduced twice – once in the morning and again the Assembly was adjourned twice. The party has now approached the Madras High Court challenging the trust vote and the court has set the hearing date for tomorrow. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has asked for a factual report on incidents of violence in the Assembly from the Secretary.

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