A ruling Congress member today caused a flutter in the Puducherry Assembly when he walked out protesting approval granted to a private player for operating a boating club under a tourism promotion project after Chief Minister V Narayanasamy defended the move.
N R Balan, who claimed that the nod was given "arbitrarily by an official", staged the walk out not satisfied with the reply by Narayanasamy that several states across the country had been encouraging private sector participation in the tourism sector.
"Activities like water sports are being encouraged by such participation of the private entrepreneurs," the chief minister said, adding the government would also be able to get revenue.
The House also witnessed noisy protests over collection of municipal tax for clearing of garbage and also the hike in property tax.
Narayanasamy defended the revision of property tax saying it was needed in view demand for implementation of seventh pay commission scales for the civic staff.
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