PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Friday said that the UT government would send a fresh proposal to the Centre seeking Statehood for Puducherry and expressed hope that the Modi Government would consider it.
Replying to a question raised jointly by DMK floor leader AMH Nazeem and A Anbalagan, deputy floor leader of AIADMK, in the Assembly, the CM said that resolutions seeking grant of Statehood for the UT were adopted in the Legislative Assembly in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2008 and 2012 and forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) during the respective years.
He said a viability report seeking grant of Statehood with special category status was prepared by the UT Government in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2004 and sent to the MHA for necessary action.
Further, on September 7, 2004, a delegation led by the then Chief Minister met the President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries and requested them to consider granting Statehood with special category status.
Thereafter, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs was apprised of the matter in Puducherry on October 27, 2005. This was followed by another letter to the PM on August 2006, requesting the Union Government to consider granting special category statehood for Puducherry.
“The government’s intention is to secure Statehood and there is no change in that. We will again take it up with the Central Government and request the PM to concede to the UT’s long-pending demand for Statehood,” said Rangasamy.
The report submitted by the Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai, on the viability of Statehood is being updated and will be sent to the centre soon, he said.
Rangasamy also said that proposals had been sent to the MHA in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and twice in June 2014, seeking waiver of `3,289 crore which includes a loan of `2,177 crore and `1,112 crore as interest, due from the Puducherry government to the Centre over the years.
The matter was again taken up with the Planning Commission on August 28, 2014, he said.
Responding to members, he said once Statehood is granted, the loans and interest will be waived.
Nazeem said that a clear policy document on Statehood should be tabled in the Assembly.