Puducherry (PTI): Puducherry Chief Minister V Vaithilingam today said his government would ensure there was no political interference in the functioning of police in the union territory.
Law and order was a basic ingredient for the development of Puducherry. Police would be given free hand to rise to anyexigency, he told reporters here.
Asked if the Goondas Act would be enforced in Puducherry, he said there was a plea in this regard from the Congress at the party level. 'We would study all aspects of the matter and arrive at a decision without delay', he added.
He said the current 'critical financial' situation of the government would be reviewed at the cabinet meeting tomorrow. A detailed report would be prepared on the funds requirement to implement schemes and also to clear backlog expenditure.
He said he planned to visit Delhi next week to take up with Centre the additional financial requirement.
He said the opposition parties should offer constructive suggestions instead of criticising for the sake of doing so.
Replying to a question on plans for balanced development of all the outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, hesaid he had asked his ministers to camp particularly in Karaikal every fortnight and listen to grievances of thepeople. He himself would visit Karaikal once in a month.
On the vexed issued of devolution of powers to local bodies, he said there would be no hesitation on the part ofhis government to sanction more powers to the elected bodies.
Thanking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for greeting him as soon as the new ministry came into being,Vaithilingam said inter-state relations between Puducherry and neighbouring states would be maintained ideally.