Pondy CM says Bedi lied about cen­tral grants

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - —PTI

Puducherry: Puducherry Chief Min­is­ter V Narayanasamy Sat­ur­day ac­cused Lt Gover­nor Ki­ran Bedi of is­su­ing ‘un­true and ut­terly wrong in­for­ma­tion’ through so­cial me­dia that the Cen­tre was pro­vid­ing grants at 60 per­cent of the to­tal bud­get re­quire­ments of Union Ter­ri­tory.

Ad­dress­ing re­porters here, Narayanasamy clar­i­fied that the Cen­tre was only pro­vid­ing 26 per cent of the bud­get needs un­der Cen­tral grants and not sixty per­cent as claimed by Bedi.

He claimed that of Rs 7,830 crores for the fis­cal 2018-2019 the Cen­tral grant was only Rs 1,460 crores.

The ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ment mo­bilised Rs 2000

crores un­der com­mer­cial taxes, Rs 1000 crores un­der Ex­cise among other levies.

Be­sides, the gov­ern­ment was rais­ing loans from open mar­ket bor­row­ing to meet its com­mit­ments, he said.

“While the Cen­tre’s grant is only 26 per cent of the bud­get re­quire­ments, the Lt Gover­nor was is­su­ing un­true in­for­ma­tion that the Cen­tre was pro­vid­ing sixty per­cent as grants,” he said.

Chief Min­is­ter, who had been at log­ger­heads with the Lt Gover­nor on var­i­ous is­sues also said the gov­ern­ment had de­cided to ear­mark Rs 336 crores for state gov­ern­ment-run pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings and co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties to­wards wages and al­lowances of the em­ploy­ees.

“The file re­lat­ing to this sent to Bedi was not yet cleared,” he al­leged.

Reg­is­ter­ing strong protest against the Lt Gover­nor hold­ing meet­ings with of­fi­cials and giv­ing direc­tions to them, Narayanasamy said, “This is in to­tal vi­o­la­tion of the rules of busi­ness re­lat­ing to Puducherry ad­min­is­tra­tion.” “Bedi had been mis­us­ing her power and acts ar­bi­trar­ily, which is vi­ola­tive of the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy and the norms govern­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion by elected gov­ern­ment,” he added.

A file photo of Ki­ran Bedi with Puducherry Chief Min­is­ter V Narayanasamy

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