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Rs.22 crore to be spent on laying new water pipelines

Special Correspondent

PWD to execute work at a cost of Rs.22 crore

Puducherry: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy announced during question hour on Thursday that Public Works Department would spend Rs.22 crore to replace the distribution lines to provide hygienic water to residential premises in Puducherry region.

Replying to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam member S.P. Sivakumar to provide assured potable water, the Chief Minister said that the overhead tank in Uppalam would be made operational and linked to the existing tank on the southern part of Puducherry.

Water from Tirukanchi would be meeting the daily requirements and there would be speedy replacement of pipelines. He told A. Namassivayam (Congress) that the Government would study the possibility of providing sufficient funds to the State Wakf Board to enable it to run the Crescent Anglo-French Arabic Middle School at Sultanpet. The Chief Minister told K. Lakshminarayanan (PMC) that 33 posts of sub-inspectors would be filled by promoting assistant sub-inspectors by May. Sub-inspectors will be promoted as inspectors. Arrangements have been made to ensure that 142 police posts at various levels were filled.

M. Kandasamy (Government Whip) and A. Marimuthu (Independent) asked the Government to earmark seats for the Scheduled Caste candidates, whenever promotions were done. Mr. Rangasamy said that the norms adopted to take care of the candidates covered by reservation would be followed.

Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan told N. Anandhu (Puducherry Munnetra Congress) that the administration had directed that all the children, covered under the free breakfast scheme, were given milk and biscuits.

He said that there were instances of children taking ill after consuming bread. He told M.A.S. Subramanian (DMK) that 14 mini-buses would be bought to improve transport in Puducherry.