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Rangasamy for making Puducherry part of PRIDE

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“It will help to utilise land acquired for SEZs”

Shaping the future:Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam at the 25th Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Shaping the future:Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam at the 25th Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Urging the Union government to consider including the Union Territory as part of Peninsular Region Industrial Development Corridor (PRIDE), Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said such a move would help the Union Territory to utilise the land acquired for Special Economic Zones in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions.

The Chief Minister mooted the proposal while addressing the 25{+t}{+h}Meeting of the Southern Zonal Council held in Bangalore on Friday.

“Establishment of PRIDE corridor will be a step in the right direction and I would like to request this forum to include our Union Territory in PRIDE as land to the extent of 336.12.52 hectares in the Puducherry region and 595.41 acres in Karaikal acquired for the purpose of SEZs would be utilised for this purpose. This will surely help in curbing the unemployment problem prevailing in the Union Territory,” the Chief Minister said in the meeting, which was attended by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Chief Ministers of Southern States and senior officials.

Seeks Tamil Nadu support

Using the forum, Mr. Rangasamy also urged the Tamil Nadu government to extend support to the Union Territory in accessing construction materials from the neighbouring districts.

“I also take this opportunity to appeal to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to extend support for supplying building materials to the Puducherry and Karaikal regions as construction activities are hampered due to the non-availability of materials,” he said.

Emphasising the need to review the ban imposed on the Union Territory by the Union government on the creation of new posts, he said, “implementation of coastal security is monitored at the highest level, in spite of our best efforts we are unable to progress much as posts, especially technical posts to man the boats, cannot be created due to the ban imposed by the Government of India.”

He urged the Union Home Minister to intervene and review the ban.

Mr. Rangasamy also urged the Union Home Minister to prevail upon Central Ministers to support the territorial administration’s endeavour in promoting infrastructure in sectors such as port, railways, road and tourism.

The sectors are the backbone of the economic development of the Union Territory, he said.

He wound up his speech with a request to the Union Home Minister to convene the Southern Zonal Council meeting at least once in a year.



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