Special economic zone will generate employment: Lakhera

PONDICHERRY, AUG. 14 . The Lt Governor of Pondicherry M M Lakhera has said that the special economic zone and Free Port project proposed for Pondicherry would attract industries and in turn generate employment.

Greeting the people on the eve of the Independence Day celebration, Mr. Lakhera said that well developed infrastructural facilities, reliable and cheap power, availability of skilled manpower and above all a peaceful environment made Pondicherry and ideal destination for entrepreneurs.

Highlighting the special features of Pondicherry, he said in his message that the Union Territory had a literacy rate of 81.49 percent and the per capita income here at current prices was Rs 38,162, which was twice the national average.

With adequate number of government hospitals, primary health centres and community health centres medical facilities were easily accessible to the rural people also.

He said that Pondicherry welcomed domestic and foreign tourists with grand boulevards, quiet promenades, world famous Aurobindo Ashram, the beaches and among others a peaceful environment.

People`s faith

The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, has said that a successful performance of a government depends on the unstinted faith the people of the State have in the administration and good governance hinges on the extent of the people's sustained cooperation in implementing various welfare schemes.

In his Independence Day eve message, he said that the Government implemented a number of welfare programmes during the last three years and still more programmes were on the anvil. He therefore sought the continued cooperation of the people to fulfil the commitments made under plans.

Referring to performance of various departments here he said that as a token of gratitude to the freedom fighters whose selfless endeavours had enabled the country get freedom from foreign rule the Chief Minister said that a Memorial Pillar would be erected at Kizhoor near here to mark the celebration of the golden jubilee of transfer (de facto merger) of power from the French to Indian Union. The monthly pension sanctioned to the freedom fighters had also been raised to Rs 3000 from Rs 2200.

He said as far as promotion of tourism was concerned a Rs 22.7-crore tourist complex on the beaches at the port at Dubrayapet near here would be established.

Ministers' greetings

The Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, the Agriculture Minister, A. Namassivayam, the Local Administration Minister, A. Elumalai and the Pondicherry PCC president, V. Narayanasamy, were among those who greeted people on the occasion of the Independence Day.

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