Perundurai MLA S Jayakumar dubbed the CM's stand of that he has fulfilled 99 percent of poll promises by stating that it is like an adage ''muzhu pusanikkaiyai sotril maraippathu' (hiding a pumpkin in a cup of rice)''.
He said that of 520 poll promises, majority were not yet fulfilled. Waiver of education loan, granting Rs 100 per LPG refill as subsidy, diesel and petrol subsidy, EB meter reading once in a month instead of once in two months, giving grains in packets in ration shops, increasing the NREGS work days from 100 to 150 days, restoring old pension scheme for government staff etc were a few promises that were not yet fulfilled.
Under the mahalir urimai thogai thittam also, a promise was made to give Rs 1000 to all rice card holders (2.25 cr) in the state.
But, now, it was announced to grant it to 1.06 cr women only after 28 months of its assuming office while 1.63 cr applied for the aid. A promise was made to hike the old age pension from Rs 1000 to 1500.
But, now only, it was hiked to Rs 1200 while many were removed from the beneficiaries list.
Similarly, many promises were not yet fulfilled despite the government stopped many welfare schemes of AIADMK rule including distribution of free laptop, marriage assistance with one sovereign gold coin, scooties, milch animals, goats, amma mini clinics etc.
It hiked the property, water taxes, power tariff, property registration fees, TASMAC liquor, Aavin milk products prices steeply.
During the past 2 years alone, it hiked the debt burden of the state to Rs 7.53 cr by getting Rs 2.20 cr loan.
The income as per the state budget last year was Rs 1.87 cr and expenditure was Rs 2.68 cr and deficit was Rs 81000 cr.
So, each family in the state was having a debt burden of Rs 3.48 lakh now. But, the government didn't bother about the huge debt burden on the state, he rued.