Narayanasamy says MHA has powers to seek clarifications

Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Officer V. Narayanasamy said the Puducherry government should have contacted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and got permission from it before transferring the Finance Secretary Raajiv Yaduvanshi.

Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Jaipur on Saturday, he said Puducherry was a Union Territory directly monitored and controlled by the MHA. Clear rules were laid out in the Business Rules of Union Territory of Puducherry, 1963, on transfer of Finance Secretary and 4 other top officials of Puducherry administration. However, the Puducherry Government did not follow the rules over the transfer of Finance Secretary.

Asked about the direction of a Joint Secretary in MHA, who declared the Puducherry Government order null and void, and asked Mr. Yaduvanshi to continue in the Finance Secretary post, Mr. Narayanasamy said the MHA had powers to seek clarifications and details if it found that rules were violated by the Union Territory administration.

“Reveal name”

On Chief Minister’s N. Rangasamy accusation that a “person” from Puducherry was creating unnecessary confusion in the administration, he said they were many politically influential persons from Puducherry. The Chief Minister should reveal the name, he added.

Mr. Narayanasamy added that the Chief Minister was the main reason for the critical financial health of Puducherry.