Ministry matters

The Union Home Ministry governs Pondicherry: DMK

“The Chief Minister has ceded Union Territory rights to officials”

“The Chief Minister has ceded Union Territory rights to officials”

Opposition Leader R. Siva on Thursday accused Chief Minister N. Rangasamy of handing over the rights to govern the Union Territory to officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Addressing DMK workers at a protest against rising fuel prices and to oppose the decision to privatize the Electricity Department, the opposition leader said the Chief Minister n was concerned only with issues related to the disbursement of certain pension plans and the settlement of files on routine matters.

“The administration of Pondicherry was left to MHA officials. Major political decisions are taken by them. Officials make decisions on matters relating to the territory of the Union. The Center is trying to sell properties in Pondicherry to individuals without regard to the elected government,” Mr. Siva charged.

Citing the Centre’s decision to privatize the Electricity Department, the opposition leader said properties worth millions of rupees owned by the government were being sold to private parties close to the ruling dispensation in Center.

Accusing the Center of ignoring the plight of the poor in the country, the DMK leader said the central government had raised the prices of petroleum products several times over the past few weeks. Now the prices of some essential drugs have also been increased, he charged.

Earlier in the day, he drove an ox cart from Anna Salai to the protest site near the Legislative Assembly to highlight the difficulties faced by ordinary people in using motor vehicles due to rising fuel prices. gasoline and diesel. He and former SP Minister Sivakumar courted arrest as they staged the protest near the Assembly.