Lt. Governor Tamiliasai Soundarajan and Chief Minister N. Rangasamy attended the Christmas celebrations at Raj Niwas. Photo: Special Arrangements
Lt. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said on Saturday that a section of the people was trying to use political power as a tool for political gain.
Speaking to reporters during the Christmas celebrations at Raj Niwas, the Lt. Governor said that some people had given a political tone to the demands of statehood. Summarizing the criticism leveled at him by former Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and former MP M. Ramadass, the Governor said, “These people used to rule at the Center and represent Union Territories in Parliament. When they were in power they should have fought for Puducherry and got Statehood. I am well aware of the state issue, but I do not want to talk about it because it is a policy decision. My aim is to work for the welfare of people,” he said.
Dr. Tamilisai said that despite Puducherry’s status as a modern Union Territory, the administration was functioning smoothly. He mentioned the recent purchase of equipment worth ₹7 crore for setting up a Katlab in a government hospital.
An administrative penalty was recently imposed in connection with the increase in financial aid for marriages for people with different disabilities from £50,000 to £2 million. He added that funding has also been raised from £25,000 to £1 million to increase financial assistance for those willing to marry people with no disabilities or other disabilities.
Appealing to the public to be vigilant to prevent further spread of Covid-19, the Lt. Governor said the center has approved genome sequencing at the Government Medical College. He also advised people to get an extra dose of the vaccine early.