Puducherry CM accuses Bedi of rejecting govt proposals

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(Eds: Updates with CM sending back file) Puducherry, Nov 6 (PTI): Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Friday asked Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi to accept proposals of the territorial government, saying repeated rejection of them only created a bad impression of her among the people.

Addressing a virtual press conference here, he said teachers and retired staff in government-aided private schools have not been paid salaries or given other benefits for the last 11 months as Bedi had not approved the proposals of the government, he said.

Later in the day, the Chief Minister sanctioned an expenditure of Rs 16.90 crore grant for teachers and sent a file related to it to Bedi again for her approval.

In an official release, Narayanasamy said the amount was meant for payment of salaries to teachers of 35 government- aided private schools in all regions of Puducherry -- Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam -- for nine months from December 2019 to August this year.

In the press meet, he said a proposal was sent to the Lt Governor for waiver of motor vehicle tax imposed on private taxi owners, vans, omni buses and other tourist vehicles for the last few months.

The vehicle operators could not run the vehicles due to the pandemic situation, he said.

Several states had waived the taxes and when the file in this regard was sent to the Lt Governor, she returned it saying she wanted to know as to how much revenue would be lost by the waiver, the Chief Minister said.

The private vehicle owners and taxi operators were now up in arms against the government, the Chief Minister said.

'The Lt Governor is causing law and order problem by her negative stand and by returning the files,' he alleged.

Narayanasamy said he had the impression that the Lt Governor wasbeing misguided and given wrong information by some officials close to her in her office.

Bedi should mend her ways and ensure promotion of the welfare of the people in the Union Territory withoutadopting a negative stand, he said.

The Chief Minister has been at loggerheads with the former IPS officer on administrative and fiscal issues almost constantly since she assumed office in 2016. PTI CORR NVG VS VS