The territorial administration is expecting a one-time grant from the Centre to strengthen the local bodies and make decentralised planning more effective, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said.
Stating that the Centre was actively considering the administration's request for more funds to meet its plan and non-plan demands, he said “our case has been bolstered by the fact that” recommendations of the Finance Commission were not applicable to the Union Territories.
“We are expecting a one-time grant from the Central Government,” he said in his Independence Day address at the Upplam Ground on Sunday.
Emphasising the need for providing a tranquil atmosphere to execute development and welfare schemes of the government, he said recent incidents of crime were a matter of serious concern to the government. Taking note of the incidents, a series of measures were taken to check recurrence of such crimes, he said.
The President has given assent to the Goondas Act with some modifications, he said, adding the Act would be placed in the next Assembly session for its consideration. “The proposed enactment would greatly enhance the capability of the police to deal with anti-social elements with deterrence within the legal framework,” he said. Outlining the government's measures to improve the higher education scenario in the UT, he said the government was “quite hopeful” that the Medical College at Thattanchavady would start functioning from the current academic session itself. Similarly, the government was expecting the Presidential assent for the Puducherry State University Bill during current financial year,” the Chief Minister said.
On the initiatives taken for the welfare of Scheduled Caste members, he said the government proposed to establish a model residential school for the benefit of students from the community.
During the current financial year, a sum of Rs. 11 crore had been sanctioned for establishing the school. Already the required land for constructing the school had been acquired, Mr Vaithilingam said.
Earlier on arrival, the Chief Minister inspected the guard of honour and distributed awards to policemen, NCC cadets and government staff for their meritorious service. Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V. Narayanasamy, Speaker R. Radhakrishnan, Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy, Public Health Minister A. Namassivayam, Members of the Legislative Assembly, senior government and police officials attended the function.
An Independence Day function was also held at the regional headquarters of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. While Home Minister E. Valsaraj presided over the function at Mahe, Public Works Minister M. O. H F Shahjahan and Revenue Minister Malladi Krishna Rao presided over the function at Karaikal and Yanam respectively.
Keywords: Independence Day 2010