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Lt Governor sets priorities for 2019; CM promises changes

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Press Trust of India Puducherry
: Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy extended their greetings to the people in the Union Territory on the eve of new year.
In her new year message, Bedi said the territorial administration would move towards rural sanitation during 2019 and also witness prioritisation of road safety.
"Rural sanitation and road safety are priorities and the enforcement of Municipal Act has already picked up during the last few weeks," she said.
The year 2019 is a year of election too - Parliament and hopefully elections to local bodies as well, she said.
"We have to maintain peace and uphold the law in all respects for democracy to prevail," she said.
Among the achievements made in 2018, she said the NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology) of the Central government and creation of more than 200 water-harvesting structures and 30 rainwater ponds in industries and institutions to replenish precious groundwater-table were notable achievements.
"Our biggest achievement is the recovery of the prestigious promenade beach thanks to all agencies involved," she said.
There was good recovery of arrears in power and municipal services, she said.
"We have several challenges ahead and we need to train our rank and file and update their administrative skills and this exercise had already been launched," Bedi said.
Raj Nivas (her office) would remain as accessible in 2019 as it was in 2018, the Lieutenant Governor said and thanked the people of Puducherry "for the love, respect and trust bestowed on us and we shall continue to serve you with maximum integrity."

In his message, Narayanasamy said 2019 would usher in a big change not only in the Union Territory but also in the country as a whole.
He said his government had overcome all the challenges and defeated all the evil designs of some forces to prevent implementation of welfare measures.
The Chief Minister said the new year would witness successful initiatives to protect the people by preventing machinations of the forces who were keen on crushing the power of the people.
"Already, steps taken by the government had seen the successful culmination of development of Puducherry in the outgoing year," he said.
Narayanasamy said his government elected by the people has vowed to ensure that the Union Territory makes rapid strides in the implementation of various schemes.
PCC president and PWD Minister A Namassivayam, Assembly Speaker V Vaithilingam, Ministers, legislators and leaders of different political parties also extended the new year greetings to the people.

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First Published: Dec 31 2018 | 5:15 PM IST

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