Approach Centre for enhanced assistance: plan board

Pondicherry Jan. 28. The State Planning Board has recommended Rs 643-crore outlay for the 2003-2004 financial year for Pondicherry.

A communication from the Director of Planning and Research Department, M. Sreedharan, said the Board, which met here today under the Chairmanship of the Lt. Governor, K. R. Malkani, went into the details of proposals contained in the draft plan and decided to send them to the Planning Commission for approval.

The Board also recommended that the Centre be approached for enhanced assistance for funding various schemes as only limited scope was available for the Union Territory administration to mop up funds because of the implementation of the uniform floor rate of tax and the drought situation in Karaikal region.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, the Welfare Minister, M. Chandirakasu, the Health Minister, E. Valsaraj, the Local Administration Minister, A. Elumalai, the Agriculture Minister, A. Namassivayam, and the MPs C.P. Tirunavukarasu and M.O.H. Farook.

(The Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, was away in Andaman and Nicobar for a meeting with tourism authorities).

The Chief Secretary, R. Padmanaban, the IG of Police, J.P. Singh, the Development Commissioner, B. Vijayan, the Secretary to the Lt. Governor, M. Sathiavathy, secretaries of all departments and other dignitaries participated in the deliberations.

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