PUDUCHERRY: Leader of Opposition V Vaithilingam has demanded immediate convening of the budget session of the Assembly without further delay.
Pointing out that Puducherry administration was yet to convene the Legislative Assembly session to present the budget for the present year, Vaithilingam alleged that this was a ploy to pass the budget without any discussions.
Already five months have gone after the vote on accounts passed for six months in the current financial year. The delaying tactic was to limit the time for conducting the session and deny opportunity to the elected members to raise issues pertaining to people in the Assembly.
When TN has passed the budget by getting its plan outlay approved by the Planning commission, he questioned what was preventing Puducherry government to get the plan size approved and present the budget.
Alleging lapses in regulation of Post graduate medical education in self financing institutions, Vaithilingam demanded that the government come out with details on the number of students sponsored by the government to these medical colleges, courses year wise. Despite the Medical Council of India’s regulation providing 50 percent PG degree seats in non-governmental medical institutions to be filled up by the state government and the remaining 50 per cent by the managements of the institutions on the basis of merit through a notification on July 2009, but the government has failed to take any steps to secure these seats, he said.
LS Speaker Faulted
Congress Legislature Party and Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee has condemned Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for not allowing a discussion on communal violence in Parliament as demanded by the Congress.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, V Vaithilingam, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and Senior PCC leader alleged that the Speaker was acting in support of the BJP. It was ‘murder of democracy’ and would lead to autocratic administration. By not allowing the discussion, Mahajan had ignored the loss of life of poor people and acted in support of the affluent. He said that it should not be repeated in future, otherwise the Congress would resort to agitation.