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Pondy LG hails Madras HC order on Pongal cash gift

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Kiran Bedi Wednesday hailed the order directing the government to restrict the cash gift of Rs 1,000 to Below Poverty Line families.

Bedi, who has come under attack from V Narayanasamy after she insisted on sticking to a government order which restricted gift hamper scheme to BPL families in the union territory, said the high court order is "a voice of wisdom, sagacity, financial prudence."

The Wednesday directed that the cash gift be limited to BPL families as against the AIADMK government's decision to provide it to all ration card-holders irrespective of financial status.

The court had issued the order on a PIL petition challenging the government decision contending that it had been taken unmindful of the state's financial condition.

In a message to the media, Bedi said the order "is a voice of wisdom, sagacity, financial prudence and reasonable restraint protecting society as a whole... also one of accountability and responsibility towards the really needy."

The former IPS also said the order was a message to the and public officials making them sensitive to their responsibility and duty to serve with full awareness.

The Pongal gift in comprises among others rice, jaggery, cashew nut and raisins required to make sweet pongal, a delicacy offered to the God on the day.

However, the has been opposing the Lt Governor's stand and wants the gift to be made available to all including above poverty line families for the festival.

The has returned the file related to the scheme to Bedi recording the government's protest.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:55 IST