Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission

        The State Planning Commission (SPC) was constituted in Tamil Nadu on 25th May 1971 under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister as an Advisory Body to make recommendations to the Government on various matters pertaining to the development of the State. The Principal Secretary to Government, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and the Principal Secretary to Government, Finance Department are ex-officio Members. The Member Secretary is responsible for administration in the Commission. The  present composition is as follows:


Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu



Full Time Member

Part-Time Members  


Thiru. Anil Meshram. I.A.S.,

Ex-officio Members

The Principal Secretary to Government,

Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Department

The Principal Secretary to Government,

Finance Department


Terms of Reference

The major functions of the State Planning Commission are as follows:

  • Preparing Five Year and Annual Plans based on the policies and priorities of the Government;

  • Undertaking Mid Term review of the Five Year Plan and advising the Government on appropriate modification and restructuring of the schemes;

  • Evaluating  major plan schemes through Department of Evaluation and Applied Research;

  • Monitoring development indicators that influence the Human Development Index, Gender Development Index, etc., at a disaggregated level;

  • Undertaking special studies as required for formulation and implementation of plan projects and programmes;

  • Monitoring the Tamil Nadu economy and sending reports to Government as and when necessary

  • Implementing and monitoring State Balanced Growth Fund (SBGF) to address the regional disparities.

  • Coordinating the functions of District Planning Cells and initiating planning process at District/Block/Village level.

The Commission has the following technical divisions:

1. Agricultural Policy and Planning

2. Industries, Power and Transport

3. Land Use

4. Education and Employment

5. Health and Social Welfare

6. District Planning and Rural Development

7. Plan Co-ordination

Main activities of SPC:

(A) Preparation of Five Year Plans and Annual Plans


Five Year Plans

In consonance with the basic principles of planning for development, the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission has been preparing the Five Year Plans from its inception. So far eleven Five Year Plans have been completed for the State.

Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017)

The Twelfth Five Year Plan was prepared for an outlay of Rs.2,11,250 crore.    The document was prepared after consulting and getting opinions from the public, the NGOs and other stakeholders. The Plan incorporates the objective of ensuring faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth during this Plan period.  The plan has been formulated keeping in view the objectives set out in “Vision Tamil Nadu 2023”. The document has two parts - Part I gives the overview of the Plan and Part II (Volume-I and Volume-II) gives the detailed sectoral chapters including the status of the economy of the state.  The Twelfth Five Year Plan document was released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 26.11.2012 and hosted in the website. 

Annual Plans

The budget is an instrument for implementing the development plans of the State.  The expenditure estimated in the budget comprises plan outlay and non plan expenditure.  Items of expenditure that are non developmental in nature are classified under Non-Plan expenditure and other development heads are classified under Plan expenditure. Items of Plan expenditure are those that are of developmental nature – to improve the economic infrastructure viz., Industries, Electricity, Agriculture, Irrigation, Health and Family Welfare, Transport etc., The Plan expenditure is classified under different plan segments – (i) State Plan (Schemes sponsored by State); (ii) Centrally-Sponsored (Schemes that are sponsored by the Centre in the State); (iii) Schemes shared between State and Centre; and (iv) Schemes assisted by Autonomous Bodies.

Plan Schemes finding place in the budget consists of Part I (ongoing) schemes, i.e. the continuance of the existing schemes introduced in the earlier years and Part II (New) schemes which are introduced in the budget year.  The Finance Department estimates the resources available for the year on the trend of receipts in the past. Having assessed the extent of financial commitment on existing Part I schemes and the extent of revenue receipts, the Finance Department then assess the availability of funds for new schemes. The State Planning Commission receives the Part II proposals from the Secretariat Departments and scrutinizes the schemes. Priority is given towards developmental expenditure which focus on incremental activity for the benefit of the people. The State Planning Commission recommends and forwards new schemes based on the discussions with the Secretaries and Heads of Departments concerned.  These schemes will be further scrutinized by a Committee of the Cabinet, called the Standing Finance Committee presided over by the Chief Minister.  The Schemes which are considered necessary by the Standing Finance Committee are provisionally included under Part II of the Budget Proposals.

For Annual Plan 2013-14, the government have allotted Rs.150.00 crore under two components apportioning Rs.87.75 crore for regular and routine nature of schemes (Component-I) and Rs.62.25 crore for taking up innovative and special nature of schemes (Component–II). Accordingly, Part II proposals were called for from all the Secretaries to Government and District Collectors.  Subsequently, discussions were held with the Secretaries to Government and Heads of Departments concerned during December 2012. After weighing the needs and priorities of departments, the State Planning Commission has recommended new schemes for Rs.150.00 crores and the same were approved by the Government.

 The State Planning Commission scrutinize the estimates of Part I (ongoing schemes) received from various departments/PSUs.  Based on the resource position and the guidelines from the Union Planning Commission, the State Planning Commission proposes the scheme wise / sector wise outlays tentatively and prepare Annual Plan document.  To ensure social justice in the state, the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan are prepared properly and incorporated as a part of the Annual Plans.  

 The State’s Annual Plan largely follows the objectives and priorities of the Five Year Plan of the State as well as those of the Central plan. The draft Annual Plan 2013-14 has been prepared for an outlay of Rs. 37,000 crores, which is 32.14% more than the outlay of Annual Plan 2012-13 ( Rs. 28,000 crores).  This was discussed and approved by the Union Planning Commission in the high level meeting held at New Delhi on 10.6.2013 between the Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Deputy Chairman, Union Planning Commission.

 (B)  Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board

The Government (in the G.O.MS. No: 58, Planning, Development & Special Initiatives (SPC) Dept, dated: 10.02.2011) has created the “Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB)” under the chairmanship of Vice-Chairperson, State Planning Commission as a permanent body in the State Planning Commission. This Board is intended to promote interaction and study in the vital area of land use. The terms of reference of the Board include the need to evolve formal interaction with various stakeholders and to arrive at policy options. The State Planning Commission will also hold seminars/ workshops and commission studies on sustainable management of land and water resources.

2. The objectives of the Board are: (a) To assess the land resources; provide advice to Government for policy planning; co-ordination; develop an overview and possible priorities for land use changes, especially in diversion of fertile agriculture lands; development of waste lands and marginal lands for alternative uses; and to promote integrated scientific planning; (b) To review programme implementation, promote formation of a database and utilize the same for integrated and perspective planning; (c) To advise the Government on sound, scientific and policy interventions for changing environmental factors such as pollution and global warming; and (d) To conserve and manage land and water resources.

Activities taken under TNSLURB


·A sub Group on ‘Land Use’ was constituted under the Chairmanship of Member (Agriculture & Irrigation), State Planning Commission. The Sub Group has submitted the report. A chapter on ‘Land Use’ was prepared based on the input given by the Sub Group Report and included in the draft Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) document. 

·The First meeting of Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board was held on 6th February 2012 under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, State Planning commission and  the Work Plan for the year 2011-12 was approved.

·A three year research study entitled “Development of integrated dry land agro forestry system in Tamil Nadu for enhancing the livelihood opportunities” proposed by the Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding, Coimbatore has been approved by the Board. The study is in progress.


·Three TNSLURB meeting were organized under the chairmanship of Chairman, TNSLURB / Vice Chairman, SPC and 14 Research studies related to sustainable management of land and water resources were approved. These Studies will be conducted by the Government Departments / Universities / Research Institutions. All these studies are in progress. Further, 4 Workshops / Seminars/ Training Programmes were approved to the Universities and 3 of them were conducted.

·A preliminary meeting on ‘Preparation of Land Use Policy for Tamil Nadu” was conducted in January 2013 under the Chairmanship of VC, SPC. It was decided that a Core - Committee consist of concerned Secretaries to Government and Heads of Departments would be constituted to monitor the preparation of Land Use Policy. Thematic Working Groups would be formed which would collect and collate requisite information and work on the draft Land Use Policy related to their respective sectors. The above said works are in progress.


·A presentation of 6 study proposals connected with the preparation of Land Use Policy by Universities / Research Institutions / Resource Persons for funding under Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board (TNSLURB) was held on 18.06.2013 under the Chairmanship of VC, SPC.  Follow up on the minutes of the meeting is in progress.

Proposals for the preparation of the Work Plan pertaining to Land Use have been invited from the concerned Secretaries to Government for consideration for the year 2013-14.  It would be placed before the Board for approval under Work Plan 2013-2014 in the forthcoming TNSLURB meeting.

To Commemorate the World Environment Day on June 5, 2013, a Lecture-cum-Presentation on “Pallikaranai Marsh – Ecological Values for Chennai City” was delivered by Dr.Jayshree Vencatesan, Managing Trustee, Care Earth Trust, in the presence of Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission and Heads of Division, SPC  in order to sensitize the SPC on Urban Environmental Issues.

 (C) Human Development Reports

The State Planning Commission has prepared Human Development Reports for 8 districts with the assistance of UNDP-UPC under the project “Strengthening State Plans for Human Development”.  The purpose of preparation of the reports is to assess the human development status in the district, intra-district disparities and human development challenges.  

The Reports were prepared for Thiruvannamalai, Sivaganga, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, Kanniyakumari, Dharmapuri and The Nilgiris districts. The reports have brought out the intra-district disparities in human development attainments.  These reports have been widely disseminated among the Secretaries to Government, Heads of Departments, District Collectors, District level officials, Research Institutions and Universities. 

As a sequel to this, it is now planned to prepare Human Development Report for the State and all the 31 districts.  Identification of various HD related Indices, parameters, data needs and source has been drawn, a template has been framed.  Data collection process has been initiated.  The District Planning cells positioned in all districts would be involved in the preparation of these district reports. These cells would monitor the human development status on a continuous basis in future.

(D) State Balanced Growth Fund

The State aims to achieve ‘Numero Uno’ status among the comity of States. As per the State’s Vision for 2023, the State would be set to perform on par with developed countries in terms of human development status.  The State is one of the top performers in human development. Yet disparities are observed among and within districts. Tamil Nadu has recorded robust economic growth coupled with significant improvement in human development status.  The State could reach the zenith, if the regional imbalances inter-district and intra-district disparities are addressed in a focused manner.  The preparation of State and District Human Development Reports facilitated an analysis on attainments in terms of Income, Poverty, Employment, Health, Education and Gender.  Based on this, the State Government formulated a new programme which would address these regional imbalances in these parameters.  The objective of this programme is to address challenges of backward areas in improving their status and performing on par with the rest of the State. Special funds would be made available for focused interventions through special projects, or gap-filling arrangements.

The State Planning Commission has identified the backward areas.  Backward blocks, backward areas in urban bodies such as municipalities and Corporations such as wards with high slum population would be taken up for implementation of this programme.  The State Planning Commission would implement this programme through the District Collectors at the District Level.   The District Planning Cell would coordinate the activities and assist the District Collector in the implementation. A Resource Institution has been identified in each district to prepare Perspective Plan, Annual Action Plan and projects to address backwardness, with the participation of the district level officials and PRI representatives. 

A State level Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of the Vice Chairman, SPC to approve the Perspective Plan, Annual Action Plan and to accord sanction for individual projects has been constituted.  The State level Empowered Committee shall function as the Steering Committee to monitor, review and evaluate the implementation of the programme.

A State level Review Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, in which all Secretaries would be members and the Member Secretary, SPC would be the convener. The State level Review Committee will introduce a system of Monitoring System of senior IAS officers to visit the backward areas to assess, advice and then provide feedback to State Planning Commission, the State level Empowered Committee and the District Collector.  



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