PUDUCHERRY: AIADMK MLA A Anbazhagan on Wednesday flayed Chief Minister N Rangasamy for his failure to provide representation to women while recommending names for appointment of three nominated members to the Territorial Assembly, particularly when there was no elected woman member in the Assembly.
Briefing newsmen at a press conference here on Wednesday, Anbazhagan citing the appointment of three nominated MLAs to the UT assembly on Tuesday, alleged that shielding himself from the charges levelled by former Puducherry L-G Virendra Kataria, Rangasamy had “gifted” the post of a nominated member to the BJP, which is in power at the Centre. Anbazhagan claimed that Rangasamy never cared about women’s representation in the House even though he had made tall promises for women’s welfare during his election campaign. He exhorted women’s organisations to condemn this act of the Chief Minister.
Anabzhagan also demanded that the case pertaining to forcing two minor school girls into prostitution after luring them with valuables be handed over to the CBI. He said, as investigations point to the involvement of senior police officials in the case, there was a demand from various quarters to hand over the case to the CBI, for a free and fair inquiry. It is the duty of the IGP to take action in the case considering the involvement of police officials. Further, he alleged that N R Congress government was committing the same mistakes that the previous Congress government committed in implementing the free rice scheme. He charged that even after granting tenders to the State Trading Corporation, rice was being distributed from the Puducherry rice mills. Alleging partiality in rice distribution, he said, different quality rice was being provided in ruling party constituencies and opposition party constituencies. He alleged irregularities in the rice scheme that costs the exchequer `3.5 crore.
He also urged the administration to take immediate steps to disburse gratuity and other allowances to 830 persons who opted for voluntary retirement from the government-owned AFT mills in June 2011.