Claiming that Chief Minister N Rangasamy had come up with false accusation against the Centre with respect to release of funds to the local bodies, Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy said the CM should ensure devolution of powers to the local bodies after holding the elections and then get the funds from the Centre for them.
“Only when the powers are devolved to local bodies, the Central government would be able to release the funds as per the norms. Rangasamy failed to devolve powers to the elected representatives,” Narayanasamy told reporters here on Sunday. But the ruling AINRC failed to implement the agreement for devolution of powers between the State government and Centre, signed with the then Panchayti Raj Minister Mani Shankar Iyer, he said, and added that the government did not evince interest in holding civic polls for fear of defeat.
Opposition leader V Vaithilingam, said his government had devolved 18 out of the 29 powers to the panchayats during his regime. Narayanasamy said now there was more clarity on time frame after the Supreme Court direction that the administration should complete the delimitation within two months and thereafter to hold the civic polls in three months. He said the N R government cannot postpone elections any further.
He said just when the opposition parties were preparing for polls, N R Congress filed a writ petition through a functionary to stall the election because of the fear of defeat.
Transfer of benefits to country by June 2013
Narayanasamy said the direct transfer of benefits scheme would be implemented throughout the country by June 2013 depending on the success of the pilot project.
HM may assess law and order
Charging that the AINRC had failed to maintain law and order, Narayanasamy said he had apprised Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on this. He said either Shinde or Mullappally Ramachandran would visit Puducherry. Interestingly Rangasamy met Shinde on Saturday and requested to give permission for raising negotiated loans and borrowing from market.
Indian, SL fishermen urged to talk
Narayanasamy said the fishermen of Tamil Nadu, India and Sri Lanka should reach an agreement for fishing in the seas between both the countries.
Narayanasamy urged the Karnataka government to release Cauvery water for Karaikal region. He said the Karnataka government had neither obliged the SC order nor abided by PM’s decision. He condemned the Karnataka government for not releasing water.