Puducherry: The territorial government will
provide farmers a relief of Rs 4,000 per hectare for crops
lost or damaged in the torrential rains that hit the Union
Territory some months ago, Puducherry Chief Minister V
Vaithilingam announced on Friday.
Vaithilingam made the announcement while wrapping up the
two-day debate in the Assembly following the customary address
of the Lieutenant Governor to the House on February 2.
Vaithilingam said he looked back with "full satisfaction
and pride" on the progress Puducherry had made since he took
over as CM from N Rangasamy in September 2008.
He said that the government had registered an impressive
growth rate in revenue generation from Sales Tax, increasing
from eight per cent in 2008-2009 to 19 per cent in 2009-2010
and to 29 percent during 2010-2011 fiscal.