Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam on Monday assured the Assembly that the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission would be implemented as soon as possible. The committee set up to look into the anomalies in the recommendations would submit the report on Tuesday.

Replying to questions related to implementation of Sixth Pay Commission and wide-spread protests by teachers and government officials, he said in regards to implementing the recommendations, the government had sufficient funds to disburse monthly salaries for the employees.

“For the 40 per cent arrears, we need to ask the Central Government for funds. There is a shortage of Rs.500 crore for payment of arrears and the Centre has agreed in-principle to cover this,” he said. In a bid to develop infrastructure in rural areas, the government has sought loans from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

“We will be getting funds to the tune of Rs.200 crore this year. Officials from NABARD will be coming to Puducherry for discussions. A detailed proposal has been given,” he said.

Tsunami projects

Meanwhile, he said that the government had sought for more funds for tsunami rehabilitation from the Planning Commission. A total of 7,000 houses would be constructed and another 7,000 vulnerable houses would be identified for construction. Arrangements to obtain funds through loan schemes were being made, he added.

Apart from this, he said Rs.15 crore had been allotted for completing the construction works at the Women and Child Hospital. “We have given a target for completing works in January. The hospital will be opened before February,” he assured.

Mr. Vaithilingam assured to complete the construction works at the bridge at Ariyankuppam as soon as possible. In regards to difference in house rent allowance for teachers, he said the allowance was 20 per cent in urban areas and 10 per cent in areas such as Bahour, Nettapakkam, Manadipet, Thirubhuvani, Karaikal and other rural areas.

“We will take up this issue with the Central Government and see if the areas can be identified as backward, rural or untouched areas,” he said.

Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy said two kilos of sugar for all ration cards would be distributed from Wednesday. Similarly, 10 kilos of rice which have been pending for two months and clothes would be given from the same day.

Following a debate on the proposal to handover the government medical college to the Employees State Insurance Corporation for their medical college here, the Chief Minister assured that a discussion would be held before arriving at a decision in this regard.

Supporting the government’s stand, DMK MLA S.P. Sivakumar said 50 per cent of the undergraduate and postgraduate seats in the ESI medical college should be allotted for Puducherry students.

With the government already spending around Rs.90 crore on the construction till now, Mr. Kandasamy said the spent amount would be returned and seats for children of labourers would be allotted.

MLAs of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam A. Anbalagan, Om Sakthi Sekar and M.V. Omalingam staged a walk out after raising slogans and carrying placards opposing the absence of Speaker R. Radhakrishnan, former Chief Minister N. Rangasamy in the session and delay in implementation of welfare schemes and for convening the winter session for a day.

Extend session

MLAs R. Viswanathan, N.Kalainathan of the Communist Party of India, K. Lakshminarayanan, N. Anand and V.K. Ganapathy of Puducherry Munnetra Congress demanded Deputy Speaker A.V.Sreedharan to conduct the session for 10 days.

Obituary reference on the demise of former Deputy Speaker V. Ramasamy Pillai was made in the Assembly.