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Centre slashing grants to Puducherry: Narayanasamy

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

V Narayanasamy today voiced his concern over the "constant cut" of grants, by the central government, to the

Addressing reporters here, he said earlier the Centre used to sanction a grant of 70 per cent of the territorial budget. Later, it brought the grant down to 42 per cent, and this was further reduced to 27 per cent.

"Such slashing of grants has been affecting the fiscal position of the territorial government," he said.

Narayanasamy said he had discussions with the secretary and joint secretary of recently to clear the draft budget of the territorial government for the fiscal 2018-2019.

"Normally, when a proposal or draft budget finalised by the state planning board is submitted to the Centre for clearance or approval, it would be done in 15 days," the said.

But, this time there was a delay in approval, he said, adding that he had met the officials concerned to secure the approval without any further delay.

Narayanasamy hoped that the approval would be given on Monday next and the budget session of the assembly which was adjourned abruptly sine die without the House being able to present the budget on June 5 would be reconvened to adopt it.

Referring to the NEET row, Narayanasamy said the central government should scrap the test as it has been claiming precious lives of young students.

The previous system of admitting students on the basis of marks obtained in the plus two examination should be restored, he added.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 16:15 IST