Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy said the Tendulkar commission’s report on the per capita income would be accepted only after examining the facts thoroughly.
Addressing reporters on Sunday, he said the opposition parties had demanded a separate survey for fixing the poverty estimation after opposing the commission’s report.
The minister said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would examine the committee’s report and then take a decision. He also said the UPA government was firm on implementing the Sethusamudram Canal project, approved by the NDA government led by Vajpayee, and the government was also committed to see the implementation of the 13th amendment on the basis of Rajiv -Jayawardhane accord in 1987 to give more powers for Lankan Tamils.
Sivasankar Menon, advisor to the PM, had taken up the matter during meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He added that Manmohan Singh had stated this in a letter in a reply to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, DMK president M Karunanidhi and TNCC president Gnanadesigan. There are reports that the Lankan government was not keen on implementing it.