Special Correspondent

To go into financial situation in Puducherry

PUDUCHERRY: Leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in Parliament M. Ramadass on Saturday urged the Puducherry government to constitute a committee of Secretaries of various departments to go into the financial situation in the Union Territory.

He told reporters here that the committee should present a comprehensive report on the reasons for the deficit in different departments, besides suggesting ways and means to overcome the problem. On the basis of the report, discussions could be held with the Central government, he said.

This had become necessary as the people wanted to know the exact reason for the deficit in Plan and non-Plan accounts.

He was of the view that the financial crisis prevailing in the Union Territory could be solved by adopting the twin strategy of augmenting resources and economy in expenditure. The Union Finance Ministry had issued several guidelines in this regard, he said, adding that the territorial government should follow them. The administration could also seek Central assistance for various projects through separate proposals, he said.

Mr. Ramadass said that he would discuss the issue with the Union Finance Minister on Monday.

Though the PMK was opposed to the creamy layer concept, it welcomed the Centre’s decision to increase the income ceiling to Rs.4.5 lakh for availing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes in the Central educational institutions of excellence.

A national convention would be held by the party in New Delhi on October 20 to demand that the census slated for 2011 should cover the caste affiliation of the people also.

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would dedicate the improved facilities including the super specialty block, trauma care centre and the auditorium that had come up at the total cost of Rs.115.78 crore at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research on October 15, he said.

On the territorial government’s proposal to handover the Puducherry Kamarajar Medical College and Research Institute to the Employees State Insurance Corportation, Mr.Ramadass said funds crunch could not be cited as the reason for the move. It was still possible for the administration to augment adequate funds for retaining the college in the government sector, he said, adding that as local MP, he would support the efforts to get Central assistance for this purpose.

The government could also plead with the ESIC to dedicate the medical college to the people of Puducherry treating it as an exceptional case, he said.