Union Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy on Sunday refused to be drawn into the controversy following the recent spat between Chief Minister N Rangasamy and Lieutenant governor Virendra Kataria. He said the CM should have avoided making comments in public about administrative decisions. He also said that the Lieutenant governor and Chief Minister should work together for the welfare of the people and development of the Union Territory.
Replying to reporter’s queries about the spat between Kataria and Rangasamy, Narayanasamy said he does not want to interfere in the issue.
“CM should have refrained from making any comments at the Karaikal meeting to which the LG replied. The LG had said a file seeking transfer of 18 Pondicherry Civil Services officers was sent to him and he had cleared 16 out of it. The LG sought details in one case pertaining to posting of District Collector, in which a non-IAS officer was recommended for posting,” the Union Minister said.
“I am an MP from Puducherry. I don’t want to intervene as it is a matter relating to the UT administration. It is a matter between the CM and LG, he said, and added that if the Puducherry government takes any step that affects the welfare of the people, then I cannot remain a mute spectator.”
When asked about AIADMK leader A Anbazhagan’s comment to send a Central government panel to inquire into the charges levelled by the LG and CM against each other, Narayanasamy said he was not competent to comment on it.
Hike old Age Pension
Union Minster V Narayanasamy said that the monthly old age pension (OAP) should be raised to `2,000 as promised in the manifesto of the ruling All India NR Congress party.
Speaking on the sidelines of a function for distributing the OAP and widow pension, he said the State did not implement even one of the poll promises announced in the last Assembly elections.
The government had raised the pension to `1,100 from the previous `1,000 per month, he said. As many as 140 beneficiaries were given pension at the function.
Narayanasamy thanked the CM for approving the applications recommended by him for the payment of monthly assistance.