AIADMK promises statehood for Puducherry

The AIADMK has promised to prevail upon the Centre to get Statehood with Special Category Status for the Union Territory if the party is voted to power in the May 16 Assembly elections.

The manifesto released by the party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at an election rally in Perundurai, Erode, said that Statehood was necessary for the socio-economic development of all the four enclaves of the Union Territory.

The party would also bring out a Puducherry Vision Document 2030 on the lines of the Tamil Nadu Vision Document 2023 that would set the Union Territory on a high growth trajectory and to secure the benefits of rapid economic growth. Steps would be taken to waive the outstanding loans of Rs. 6,400 crore due from Puducherry to the Centre over the years.

The manifesto also promised to urge the Centre to constitute a State Planning Commission and Puducherry Public Service Commission in order to ensure preference for locals in employment.

Efforts would be taken to set up institutions of higher education such as IIT, IIM and AIIMS in the UT. The manifesto said that elections to local bodies would be held immediately with 50 per cent representation for women. The party also proposed to merge the Puducherry and Oulgaret municipalities to form a Corporation.

Over 550 acres of land in Karaikal which was acquired 20 years ago would be utilised for setting up small, medium and heavy industries and to generate employment for youth from the region.

The party also promised to enhance agriculture and dairy production and to increase the budgetary allocation for agriculture. Flyovers would be constructed at important junctions in the UT to ease traffic congestion.

Efforts would also be taken to restore air connectivity and expedite the rail project linking Chennai to Puducherry via Cuddalore.

Party will also urge the Centre to constitute planning, and service commissions

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