Minister continues stir over Bedi's alleged delay to ok files

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Puducherry, Jan 14 (PTI) Minister M Kandasamy continued for the fifth consecutive day the indefinite dharna on the premises of theterritorial Assembly on Thursday to condemn the alleged delay by Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi to accord her nod to 15 schemes.

The Welfare Minister has been spending the night on the corridor of the Assembly and taken the stand that he would not call off the agitation until Bedi approved the files placed before her recently.

Among other things, Kandasamy had urged her to extend old age pension to 10,000 more people, raise the housing subsidy for the Adi Dravidar families to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 4 lakh and re-open the government-owned AFT Mill, Sri Bharathi Mill and Swadeshi Cotton Mills.

He had also written a letter to the President, Prime Minister, Home Minister and also Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to intervene and direct Bedi to accord approval to the schemes. PTI COR NVG NVG