Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission
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
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:
Minister of Tamil Nadu
Full Time Member
Thiru. Anil Meshram.
The Principal Secretary
Planning, Development and
Special Initiatives Department
The Principal Secretary
Terms of Reference
The major functions of the State Planning Commission are as follows:
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
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
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
Twelfth Five Year
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.
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
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
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
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
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
were called for from all the Secretaries to Government and District
Subsequently, discussions were held with the Secretaries to
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.
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
Chief Minister and the Deputy Chairman, Union Planning Commission.
Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board
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
Board (TNSLURB)” under the chairmanship of Vice-Chairperson, State
Planning Commission as a permanent body in the State
Commission. This Board is intended to promote interaction and study
in the vital area of land use. The terms of reference of the Board
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.
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
uses; and to promote integrated scientific planning; (b) To review
programme implementation, promote formation of a database and
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
·A sub Group on ‘Land
Use’ was constituted under the Chairmanship of Member (Agriculture &
Irrigation), State Planning Commission. The Sub Group has submitted
report. A chapter on ‘Land Use’ was prepared based on the input
given by the Sub Group Report and included in the draft Twelfth
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
and the Work Plan for the year 2011-12 was approved.
three year research
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.
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 /
/ 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.
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
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.
presentation of 6 study proposals connected with the preparation of
Land Use Policy by Universities / Research Institutions / Resource
Persons for funding
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
of the Work Plan pertaining to Land Use have been invited from the
concerned Secretaries to Government for consideration for
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
Environment Day on June 5, 2013, a Lecture-cum-Presentation on
“Pallikaranai Marsh – Ecological Values for Chennai City” was
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.