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AIADMK MLAs stage dharna outside Pondy assembly pressing for

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Four MLAs of the Opposition today staged a sit-in protest outside the territorial Assembly here to urge the to implement schemes for distribution of freebies to the people of the Union Territory.

The MLAs led by A Anbalagan resorted to the sit-in holding placards and sought clarification from the territorial on the distribution of free sugar, rice, garments and gift hampers, which it had announced for the ration card holders.

The administration had obtained the nod from the Assembly through the budget for the fiscal 2017-2018, for free rice, sugar and other schemes, legislature wing leader A Anbalagan told reporters here.

"Funds to the tune of Rs 284 crores were also sanctioned through the budget for the departments operating the free rice scheme during the current fiscal," he claimed and questioned the need for sending the files pertaining to the schemes to the office of for approval every month.

Anbalagan and other MLAs gave up their dharna after V Vaithilingam emerged from his chamber and invited them for talks.

V Narayanasamy, who took part in the discussion, told the agitating MLAs that the has done its duty by forwarding the files to the Governors' office for approval of the schemes.

He hinted that the ball was now in the court of

Meanwhile, official sources said the government was awaiting the approval of Bedi for the implementation of freebies.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 15:40 IST