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Preliminary works for civic polls completed: CM

Thursday 9 February 2006

Special Correspondent

It will restore democracy at the grassroots level, says Rangasamy

PONDICHERRY: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy has said that all the preliminary works needed to hold civic polls in the Union Territory of Pondicherry had been completed. Declaring open an annexe of the Municipality of Oulgaret here on Wednesday the Chief Minister said the polls would be held to restore democracy at the grass root level.

Stating that the Centre was very magnanimous to Pondicherry in its development, he said that the very fact an outlay of Rs 1,410 crore had been sanctioned for the 2006-2007 financial year against Rs 810 crore available in the preceding annual plan showed that the Centre and the Planning Commission were impressed with the capability of Pondicherry in utilising the funds fully for infrastructural development and promotion of well-being of the people.

Mr. Rangasamy said that with the administration conceding demands of the government employees for promotion, hike in wages and also extension of amenities, there was virtually no need for any section of employees to resort to agitation.

He wanted to know with Pondicherry making good development, what more plans and programmes were needed. However, he has asked the officials to ensure that a long perspective plan was evolved for sustainable development. He said that the municipality of Oulgaret was making good progress and considering this the government had sanctioned a grant of Rs 132 crore during the current year against Rs 73 crore given last year.

Local Administration Minister A. Elumalai, the legislators A.M. Krishnamoorthy and N. Kalainathan and director of local administration department E. Vallavan were among those who spoke.

Commissioner of the municipality T. Thiagarajan said that the additional block had been constructed at a cost of Rs 31.35 lakh.

Agriculture Minister A. Namassivayam and the chairman of Pondicherry State Wakf Board M.O.H.F Shah Jahan MLA were among those present.

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