PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Tuesday promised uninterrupted, quality power within a year as transformers and other infrastructure were being provided to Puducherry which, he said, would emerge as a place providing uninterrupted power.
Winding up a debate on the motion of thanks to the Lieutenant Governor Ajay Singh in the Assembly, Rangasamy said the Territorial government was paying special attention to industrial development and trying to avail itself of special concessions offered by the Central government for promotion of industries in the Union Territory.
The Chief Minister said he had met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to provide the concessions to attract investments as well as retain the industries which were moving to States, where such benefits were available.
The Territorial government has also come out with a new industrial policy, which has been formulated to benefit new industries, Rangasamy said.
He added that the government was planning to set up special economic zones which would not only given impetus to new industries but also provide employment to youth.
Stating that the government was being proactive in providing employment, he said that 4,000 vacant posts have been filled up since his government had assumed power.
Rangasamy said the government was taking steps to start new arts and science colleges to provide more opportunities to students and give impetus to higher education as well.
Also, he said the government has introduced the CBSE curriculum in schools to improve the standard of education so that students can do well in the national-level competitive examinations. He said Tamil would be taught as a compulsory subject, though the medium of instruction would be English.
Since people were preferring English as a medium of education for their wards, the government has come up with English medium schools. Stating that government was paying attention to providing assistance for higher education, Rangasamy said that a sum of `41.8 crore had been disbursed for all students during 2013-2014 .