The annual plan meeting held here on Thursday reviewed funds allocated for 16 government departments and discussed the amount spent by each. Sources said that some departments came in for criticism for not utilising the full amount allocated to them.
The meeting, chaired by CM N Rangasamy was attended by ministers P Rajavelu, N G Panneerselvam, M Chandrakasu and T Thiyagarajan. Chief secretary M Sathiyavathy, IAS, finance secretary Rajiv Yaduvanshi, IAS, other government secretaries and heads of departments participated in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for MoS, V Narayanasamy, in a release said that the Union government would allot `125 crore for implementation of 16 schemes for tourism development in Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe regions. In a statement, he said that the government had to submit details of proposals about the schemes to the Central government, following which money would be sanctioned.
Narayanasaamy said that he had spoken with the Prime Minister and Subodh Kant Sahay about financial support for various schemes in the tourism sector.
He said that the tourism ministry had convened a meeting of UT tourism officials and a decision to allot `125 crore was taken subsequently.