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Plan to shore up Pondicherry tourism

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Rs.750 crore proposed to be spent during 12th Plan

Great moment: Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh inspecting a guard of honour at the Republic Day celebrations in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou
Great moment: Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh inspecting a guard of honour at the Republic Day celebrations in Puducherry on Thursday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou

The government has proposed to spend Rs. 750 crore during the 12{+t}{+h}Plan for development of tourism infrastructure in the Union Territory. It was aimed at generating more employment opportunities and ensuring overall growth of the region, Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh said in his Republic Day message on Thursday.

In his message, copies of which were distributed at the Republic Day function held in the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, he said the cyclone Thane had caused severe damage to tourism infrastructure. Steps have been taken to overcome the destruction, he said, expressing belief that the region would enhance its image and soon emerge as a preferred destination for both domestic and international tourists.

Green movement

The cyclone had caused “unprecedented” damage to the green cover, including Bharati Park and Botanical Garden. The government has drawn up an ambitious plan — Greening Puducherry — to get back the green cover by planting saplings. The government envisages schemes for afforestation in urban and rural areas, wastelands, tankbeds, river banks, roadsides and coastal areas, Mr. Singh said.

On the loss suffered to the agriculture sector, Mr Singh said around 17,012 hectares of standing crop sustained huge damage with an estimated production loss of Rs. 250 crore. The government had sought a sum of Rs. 2,450 crore from the Union government as disaster relief. The Lieutenant Governor thanked the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister for sanctioning a sum of Rs 125 crore as interim relief

Mr Singh also said that the government was taking steps to integrate the Union Territory into the stream of Goods and Services Tax at the national level.

The Lieutenant Governor also presented awards to various persons and institutions for meritorious service and excellence. Police medals were presented to Sub-Inspector of Villianur police station, N. Aroumougame and head constable Sengeni Varadhan, Raj Nivas.

The Chief Minister's trophy for schools that produced cent percent results in the last SSLC and Matriculation exams were jointly presented to Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School, Vanarapet, Immaculate Heart of Mary's Government Aided Girls Higher Secondary School, Vivekanandha Higher Secondary School, Sellaperumalpet, St Joseph of Cluny Girls' Higher Secondary School, Lawspet, St Patrick's Higher Secondary School, Saradambal Nagar, Nirmala Ranee Girls' Higher Secondary School, Government High School, Thiruvettakudy and Karaikal, Servite English High School, Kottucherry.

The remaining schools Subramania Bharathi English High School, Thirukkanur, Acharya Shiksha Mandir Higher Secondary, Villianur, Sri Sankara Vidhyalaya Higher Secondary School, E.C.R, Karaikal Ammaiyar English High School, Karaikal, Holy Flowers English Higher Secondary School, Kariamanickam, Jayarani Government Aided High School, Immaculate Heart of Mary's Girls' High School, Villianur, Government Higher Secondary School, Sulthanpet, Government High School, Mangalam, Immaculate Heart of Mary's Government Aided School, Reddiarpalayam, New Modern Vidhya Mandir Higher Secondary School, Muthialpet, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Kurunji Nagar, Sri Aravindar English Higher Secondary School, Muthialpet and Bonne Nehru Higher Secondary School, Thirukkanur.

While the Education Minister's trophy for bagging the second best result in the SSLC was given to the Seventh-Day Adventist Higher Secondary School, the trophy for government higher secondary school that produced the best result in Plus-Two examination was presented to Soucilabai Government Girls Higher Secondary.

Before presenting the awards, the Lieutenant Governor inspected the guard of honour presented by the territorial police and march past. Apart from various wings of the police and NCC, students from government and private schools participated in the march past.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy, his Cabinet colleagues, Speaker Sabapathy, Members of the Legislative Assembly belonging to the ruling party and senior government officials were present.

Though majority of the members from the Opposition stayed away from the Republic Day function, MLAs belonging to the Congress E. Valsaraj, K Lakshminarayanan, AIADMK member L. Periyasamy and former Chief Minister and DMK leader R.V. Janakiraman were present.

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