PUDUCHERRY: Getting statehood for Puducherry will be the main aim of the government, chief minister N Rangasamy
told the Union
territory’s legislative assembly on Wednesday.
Winding up a general discussion on the budget, Rangasamy said he realised the difficulties of being a chief minister of the Union territory without ‘state status’ during his previous long tenures. He said he had made a plea for granting statehood for Puducherry to the Prime Minister. He said he also made a plea to provide an additional fund of Rs 500 crore for Puducherry and added that he will reiterate the plea when he calls on the PM.
Rangasamy announced that the government will pay the entire tuition fees of students selected through the government-constituted centralized admission committee (Centac) to various courses offered by the colleges in Puducherry. The government had earlier waived educational loans extended by Padco
and Backward class and minority development corporation.
He assured that the government will fill up 10,000 vacancies in the various government departments that were not filled in the past five years.
He assured that the doctors and lab technicians and others working in the health department, who have more than 10 years of experience on a contract basis, will be made permanent. The vacancies in the health department will be filled up with the staff from the National rural health mission, he said. The government will hike the stipend for medical students from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000.
He said the government will provide Rs 1 crore under the first phase of the MLA assembly constituency development fund and another Rs 1 crore in the current financial year.
He announced that the pension for the freedom fighters will be hiked from Rs 9,000 to Rs 10,000. The government will hike the financial assistance provided to scheduled caste people to build houses from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 5.5 lakh. It will also provide Rs 10 lakh to the families of journalists who died of Covid-19.