Actor and MNM president Kamal Haasan unveiled a seven-point governance and economic agenda to make Tamil Nadu a Rs 1 trillion (Rs 1 lakh crore) economy, if his party is voted to power in the state.
The paper has the signature of former IAS officer Santhosh Babu, who took voluntary retirement from government service to join Makkal Needhi Maiam, as its headquarters general secretary, recently.
The vision note talks about a paperless green channel governance, online homes connected through PCs and broadband service to be provided by the government to all households, enabling villages to become self-sufficient to promote enterprise economy and green plus revolution to increase farmers’ income through value-added services and cold chains, recognizing women (homemakers) for their work at home by ensuring payments and laying thrust on “prosperity line” instead of “poverty line”. If voted to power, the party would ensure all these, the paper said.
“If we abolish corruption, we can make two states the size of Tamil Nadu to prosper. Those who have worked in the government and with us now (former IAS official Santhosh Babu) have told us that there are enough resources available to implement the seven-point agenda and make Tamil Nadu a Rs 1 trillion economy, four times the present level,” Kamal Haasan told reporters in Kancheepuram.
MNM plans to offer “green channel governance” by abolishing physical files and making the entire governance process paperless from the panchayats to the chief minister’s office, the vision note says.
“The Right to Government Services Act will be introduced in Tamil Nadu to ensure time-bound clearance and approval. It is already there in 19 states, but Tamil Nadu did not implement it, citing the existence of the Citizen’s Charter. The charter is there, but hardly effective,” Santhosh Babu said.