AIADMK for discussion on 'public account issue' in Pondy Assembly

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Puducherry, Nov 24 (UNI) The Puducherry unit of the AIADMK today urged the administration to convene a special session of the Territorial Assembly to discuss Government's move to open a public account for the Union Territory.

Addressing a press conference here, party state Secretary A Anbazhagan, MLA said as per the 12th Finance Commission's recommendations, the Puducherry administration was poised to open a separate public account, for which the Union Territories' Act, 1963 had been amended.

''With no prospect of improving our own resources, it was very 'dangerous' to open a separate public account for Puducherry, he said.'' Already there was a debt of about Rs 2,000 crore for which the Union Territory was paying Rs 200 crore as interest to the Centre, he pointed out.

Hitherto, there was a grant in aid of 70 per cent and a loan of 30 per cent, but the situation had changed and now it was 30 per cent grant in aid and 70 per cent loan and such a scenerio would doom the economy of the Union Territory, he said.

In a letter to the Lt Governor Mukut Mithi, the party had urged him to instruct the officials not to go ahead with the works relating to the creation of separate public account, Mr Anbazhagan said.

Taking exception to the Centre's move to extend the duration of MBBS course, Mr Anbazhagan urged the Centre to drop the move.

UNI

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