Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi says no file pending clearance in her office

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi in a press conference today negated the claims that files send to her for approval were not cleared.

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi today said that the state government is not cooperating with her.

Kiran Bedi also said that officers don't give her daily reports at 10 am, as she had instructed them.

"Reports are either delayed or not coming. Puducherry needs officer who would be available on the fields," Bedi said.

"43 matters are pending since June. I've sent corruption complaints by VVIPs, but haven't received any report in 32 weeks," she added.

Dismissing allegations that files sent to her for approval were not cleared on time she said, "After perusal and careful consideration, the files involving fiscal matters are cleared without delay and there is no truth in the allegations that I am delaying the files."

Bedi also said that crores was missing from the provident fund scheme.

"Issue is Rs 36 crores. People are asking loan for our children and other purpose. Where does the money come from! It's a criminal offence. You can't deduct a provident fund and then use it elsewhere," she said.

Bedi said that Puducherry government had proposed to borrow money from bank to pay pension which she has refused.

"You can only borrow for infrastructure like building roads or house and not from pensions. Pensions are supposed to be payed from government's plans. So I returned the file," she explained.

After she had returned the file, Finance Ministry met with her and explained that they had the fund which could be used for releasing pensions.

Bedi said that she has no immunity over negligence and is squarely accountable which is why she has to be careful about everything.

Bedi once again stated that the Chief Secretary is politicising the issues and from being neutral he has become influenced.

Meanwhile, CM Narayanasamy's ministers have expressed their unhappiness towards the LG's way of action calling it as an interference into governance.

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