Officials directed to effectively monitor the situation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed serious concern over Puducherry’s worsening financial condition, according to reports from New Delhi.

Mr. Singh, who reviewed the working of the Union Territories (UT) Division in Delhi on Tuesday, directed officials to monitor the situation, said a statement from the Ministry.

“The precarious financial position of Puducherry should be closely and effectively monitored by the ministry,” he said.

Meanwhile, upping the ante for recalling Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from the State unit on Wednesday met Mr. Singh with the demand which was “essential to save democracy in the UT.”

BJP’s Puducherry State unit president M. Visweswaran, who, along with general secretary R.V.Swaminathan and vice-president V.Paranthaman, met Mr Singh at his office in New Delhi, told The Hindu that they had made a strong case for the recall of Mr.Kataria as he was acting against the elected government. “The Union Home Minister was positive in his response,” he claimed.

Their main charges were that Mr. Kataria was running a parallel government and Raj Nivas was working as Congress camp and that he was not discussing about transfers of officials with the elected government.

“Mr. Kataria is only an administrator and no executive power is vested with him. His continuation is not good for democracy’’, added Mr. Visweswaran.

The BJP leaders also met Santhosh Gangwar, Union Minister for State, Textiles (Independent Charge) and discussed with him the revival of Anglo-French Textile Mills which is running up huge losses.

They explained to the Minister that AFT Mills once provided jobs to 10,000 youths in Puducherry. They also reiterated the ruling NR Congress government’s demand for speedy action on Rs.500-crore financial assistance sought for the rehabilitation of AFT Mills and permission for selling Pattanur land for the temporary revival of the unit.

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