No personal animosity with Bedi, says Pondy CM

Puducherry: “We have no personal animosity with the Lt Governor and we would only wish that she extended her cooperation to implement government’s decisions,” said Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy a day after accusing the Lt Governor Kiran Bedi of creating obstacles to development works in the Union territory.

Speaking to reporters, Narayanasamy said his concern was to ensure speedy development of Puducherry and implementation of schemes evolved by the government without of any delay.

He made a surprise visit to some government departments yesterday to ascertain whether the staff turned up punctually.

There were instances of the government taking up its decisions with the Union Home Ministry to write off loans due from farmers, among others, after the Lt Governor took a negative stand.

He further claimed that even for appointing peons in government departments the government officials had to go to Delhi because Bedi returns the file. He questioned how many times they should rush to Delhi and to seek nod of the Home Ministry.

He said during the last three years, there had been practical difficulties in implementing decisions to revamp the government owned textile mills, to improve revenue for the government and to ensure development in every sector. “But files sent to the Lt Governor were returned without her approval and consequently schemes got choked in implementation,” he said.