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Local body polls will happen when they happen, quips Rangasamy

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Last local body elections conducted in the UT in 2006

Proud moment:Puducherry Chief Minister N.Rangasamy handing over degree certificate to student at the convocation of Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Karaikal on Monday.
Proud moment:Puducherry Chief Minister N.Rangasamy handing over degree certificate to student at the convocation of Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Karaikal on Monday.

Making light of the controversies surrounding the government over its alleged ambivalence in conducting local body elections, Chief Minister N.Rangasamy said the local body elections would be held as and when they are held.

“Local body elections will happen when they happen,” quipped the Chief Minister to the persistent queries of the reporters here, on the sidelines of the first convocation of Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Institute of Engineering and Technology (PKIET), on Monday.

The Union Territory saw its last local body elections in 2006, and the opposition has been trading allegations against the ruling NR Congress for its failure to hold the polls.

Delivering the Convocation Day address , Mr.Rangasamy said that the government has accorded in-principle clearance for setting up a medical college on Public-Private-Partnership mode and a proposal has been mooted to float tenders to take it forward.

Progress on the proposal would soon be visible, Mr.Rangasamy said.

Efforts have also been initiated for setting up an Agriculture University here in the district, and the proposal would soon see fruition, he added. The State government has sought Central funds to taken forward its ambitious plans for higher education.

Speaking to the media here a day ahead of the scheduled Chief Ministers’ conference with Union Finance Minister in Bangalore on Tuesday, Mr.Rangasamy said that he would seek “funds for the development of Puducherry.”

On the Cauvery river water sharing dispute, the Chief Minister said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had assured that Puducherry would get its due once Tamil Nadu received its share.

Pitching a call to banks to sanction education loans without hiccups, Mr.Rangasamy said that support for education was not the sole prerogative of government and banks must share the responsibility in widening the access to education.

Distributing convocation certificates to 130 students from Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology, and Electrical and Communication Engineering streams, Mr.Rangasamy said that he was swept over by nostalgia as the idea of engineering college was toyed with in the early nineties when he was agriculture minister. Urging students to take up education as a tool to social and economic mobility, the Chief Minister hoped that they would go on to acquire further education and many more degrees.

M.Chandrakasau, Minister for Agriculture, G.Paneerselvam, Director of Higher and Technical Education, J.Ashok Kumar, Collector, and Anto Alphonse, Senior Superintendent of Police, were present.

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