PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry unit of the CPM on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the government and the Puducherry Municipal Service Private Limited (PMSPL), for solid waste management in the Union Territory. The party has also called for cancellation of the current contract with the PMSPL.
Speaking to journalists at a press meet here, CPM local unit secretary V Perumal said the “concessions” granted to the PMSPL in the contract would lead to “widespread corruption.”
In keeping with the privatisation policy of the Centre, the N Rangasamy-led government initiated the privatisation of garbage clearance in the UT in a phased manner, Perumal said, adding that on October 18, 2010, the subsequent Congress government headed by V Vaithilingam signed an MoU with PMSPL.
Hence, the governments led by Rangasamy and Vaithilingam were responsible for the present crisis in waste management, Perumal alleged.
While the opposition and ruling parties sparred over the issue, the accumulating waste was taking its toll on the people, he pointed out.
“This has increased the risk of infectious diseases and the anger of the people against the AINRC government,” he added. The CPM has planned to stage a demonstration in front of the Oulgaret Municipality office on Wednesday, demanding cancellation of the contract with Puducherry Municipal Service Private Limited for solid waste management.