Govt to Reply to Issues Raised by Oppn in Parliament: PMO

Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy today said the Congress-led UPA government was ready to reply to any issues the opposition might raise in the winter session of Parliament, beginning on November 22.

"The Prime Minister had already held meetings with leaders of various political party ahead of the session for smooth conduct of the proceedings. We are ready to reply to any issues the opposition might focus in Parliament," he told reporters here.

He denied reports in a section of the press which quoted him as saying that the entire power generated from the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu would be available for the state.

All four states in the south bound by the agreement for sharing the generated power would get allocation from the plant, he said.

He said the first unit of of KNPP was all set to go on stream and produce power during mid-December.

Narayanasamy charged Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy with ignoring ryots of Karaikal region by failing to persuade Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments to ensure availability of water in the Cauvery river for farm operations.

He said Rangasamy should have drawn the attention of both governments at the recent 25th South Zone meeting of Chief Ministers in Bangalore to the plight of the farmers, who had lost crop in 6,000 hectares due to unavailability of water

Karaikal is entitled to get proportionate share of water in the river system in the allocation made to Tamilnadu. Both governments have let down Karaikal ryots, he said.

`The Union Home Minister who chaired the meeting could have come to our rescue and the fair and just share of Puducherry could have been established` he said.

Narayanasamy and Leader of the opposition V Vaithilingam who was also present,said AIADMK's Puducherry unit should take up the issue with Tamil Nadu and ensure release of water from the quantum Karnataka had released earlier to the state.

He demanded a detailed probe into the 'bungling' of the government in dismissal of around 156 workers from government medical college and subsequent posting of around 500 workers. There were several complaints and he had requested the Lt Governor to order an enquiry.

Narayanasamy later said five modern bio toilets, set up from funds earmarked he had earmarked out of MP Local Area Development Fund, would come up in busy thoroughfares in Puducherry.

The toilets would be set up in the mofussil bus terminal at Orleanpet, near the municipal market, at the government general hospital, in Nellithope market and at a residential area in Orleanpet, he said.

He said private households would also be enabled to set up the units from the funds the Environment Ministry would provide at Rs 15,000 per house.

He also said the Puducherry government should formulate an effective industrial policy to prevent 'flight of industries from the Union Territory'.

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