Pondy govt modernising police force: CM
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Last Updated: Friday, February 19, 2010, 20:52
Puducherry: Puducherry Government was keen on strengthening and modernising its police force as the union territory was attracting annually around ten lakh visitors, same as its population.

As part of the process, enhancing the manpower was being done now. Although the requirement was 1,800 additional personnel, the Centre had sanctioned 625 personnel only, he told the territorial assembly winding up the debate on the motion of thanks to the Lt Governor's Address.

He said the government was persuading the GAIL (India) Limited to earmark an additional five lakh cubic metre of natural gas to the gas-based power plant operated by Puducherry Power Corporation Limited at Karaikal so that the generation could be increased to 112 MW.

He said the State GDP growth was expected to be 11.7 per cent this year and this was indicative of "the phenomenal growth" the Union Territory was making in all sectors.

The crop insurance scheme meant for farmers would cover all categories of farmers whether they were borrowers of loans from banks or not. The government had also decided to pay the entire premium for the insurance scheme. At present, farmers and government equally shared the premium, he said.

The house where late freedom fighter and former Health Minister V Subbiah had lived would be developed into a research and literary centre at a cost of Rs one crore.


First Published: Friday, February 19, 2010, 20:52

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