Puducherry

Centre gives nod for upgrade of PEC into a technical university

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy accepting guard of honour on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations in Puducherry on Thursday.

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy accepting guard of honour on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations in Puducherry on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

Government giving utmost importance to education, says CM V. Narayanasamy

The Centre has approved the territorial administration's demand to upgrade Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC) into a technical university, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said here on Thursday.

Addressing the gathering, after hoisting the national Tricolour at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex at Uppalam, the Chief Minister said the government was giving utmost importance to education.

PEC, Tagore Arts and Science College, Indira Gandhi Arts and Science College have found a place in the National Institutional Ranking Framework, the Chief Minister said.

The government has decided to upgrade 40 primary health centres and 81 sub-health centres into Health and Welfare Clinics.

The clinics will be connected to the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital through telemedicine facility, the Chief Minister said.

On revenue mobilisation, the Chief Minister said the Commercial Tax Department has collected a sum of ₹2,131 crore during last financial year. Till July this year, the department has collected a revenue of ₹767 crore, he said.

The Chief Minister also announced enhancement of financial assistance from ₹12,000 to ₹18,000 for lactating mothers belonging to Adi Dravidar community.

After unfurling the national flag, the Chief Minister inspected a ceremonial guard of honour given by the territorial police.

The Chief Minister’s Independence Day address was followed by an march past by various contingents of the police, NCC and school students.

The India Reserve Battalion, Women Home Guard, NCC (Air force wing), NCC (Army wing), NSS girls division, Soucilabai Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Jeevanandam Government Boys Higher Secondary School, St. Joseph of Cluny Higher Secondary School and K.S.P Higher Secondary School, Kadirkamam won prizes for their impressive performance in the march past.

Later in the day, Mr. Narayanasamy, Speaker V. P Sivakolundhu, Minister for Public Works A. Namassivayam, Minister for Social Welfare M. Kandasamy and legislators attended a reception hosted by Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi at Raj Nivas.

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