CM Renews Statehood Rhetoric on Liberation Day

Calls upon people to throw weight behind AINRC; claims grant of status would solve all woes, as the UT would not be dependent on Centre for policy decisions

Published: 02nd November 2015 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2015 03:41 AM   |  A+A-

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PUDUCHERRY:Calling upon the people to help secure Statehood for the Union Territory, Chief Minister Rangasamy, on the occasion of ‘Liberation Day,’ said that attainment of Statehood alone could be considered real freedom for Puducherry.

Delivering his address marking the ‘Liberation Day’, on Sunday, he said that even though Puducherry has been liberated from foreign rule, it cannot be considered full freedom as it still remains a UT and is forced to get permission for each and everything from the Centre. Only when Puducherry attains full statehood, can the government implement schemes the way it wants. He appealed to the people to fully back the administration in its efforts to win Statehood.

It may be noted that the UT Assembly had passed 13 unanimous resolutions demanding statehood, but successive Central governments haven’t taken a decision on it. In his address, Rangasamy highlighted the UT’s achievements in the last sixty years.

Pointing to the education he said that UT has emerged as hub for education and added that free education has enabled children of poor and common man to pursue medical, engineering, technical and other higher courses. Emphasising that the individual’s per capita income has gone up when compared with other states, Rangasamy said that his government has taken every step to fulfil its promises.

With the aim of ensuring that modern technology reached the poor, the Chief Minister said his administration had distributed free laptops to 11,748 Plus Two students of 58 government schools. Free mixies and grinders too are being distributed to 3.31 lakh ration card

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