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“Priority for equitable growth”
|Bhopinder Singh assumes additional charge as Puducherry Lt. Governor|
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CHANGE OF GUARD: Bhopinder Singh taking oath to assume additional charge as Lieutenant Governor at Raj Nivas in Puducherry on Saturday
PUDUCHERRY: Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bhopinder Singh, who assumed additional charge as the Lt. Governor of Puducherry on Saturday, said that his priority would be to accelerate the economic growth of Puducherry with equitable opportunities to women and weaker sections.
Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Nivas, he said, “It will be my endeavour that Puducherry shows the way to the rest of the country as a model of inclusive growth.”
Stressing the need for implementation of programmes within the specified timeframe, he said, “I believe in time-bound completion of projects.” The same strategy had been adopted for Andaman and Nicobar Islands also, he pointed out. “I am sure that with the [cooperation of the] Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues, we will accomplish all the objectives in the given timeframe.”
Asked if he would face any difficulty in allotting time for the administration in the two Union Territories, Mr. Singh said he had accepted it as a challenge. “I am sure that I will be able to devote equal time to come here and attend to all issues.”
He expressed happiness over Puducherry’s performance in education, healthcare and welfare sectors, and its attaining a high level of human development indices and peaceful civic life for its people.
Mr. Singh stressed the need for giving high priority for development of infrastructure such as airports, roads and bridges and setting up of special economic zones to promote investment in non-polluting industrial development, tourism, Information Technology and IT-enabled services. “Skill development and vocational education should receive particular attention to meet the manpower requirement of these sectors,” he said.
He was of the view that tourism infrastructure should be further augmented to make Puducherry a long-haul destination. Describing fishery and dairy development as “promising sectors,” he called for steps to promote deep sea fishing and fish processing facilities.
Though agriculture should continue to be a priority area, in the context of declining area under cultivation, the focus should shift to improving agricultural productivity through techniques such as ‘precision farming’ in order to optimise the use of inputs and ‘crop diversification’ as per market demand, he said.
Thanking the Chief Minister, Ministers, legislators, officers of the administration and the public for according him a cordial welcome, Mr. Singh said, “I look forward to their cooperation and support for creating a better and brighter future for the Union Territory and in making it the number one State in the country.”
Mr. Singh took the oath of office administered by Chief Judge D. Krishnaraja. Chief Secretary Rakesh Behari read the Warrant of Appointment. Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, his Cabinet colleagues and legislators felicitated the Lt. Governor. He also inspected the Guard of Honour presented by the police.
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