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CM hopes Pondy will get statehood soon

Posted on Nov 28, 10:16AM | UNI

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy has expressed the hope that the Union Territory would soon get statehood.

Speaking at the 63rd Law Day celebrations of the Puducherry Bar Association here last evening, he said he could not fulfill the demands of the association since he lacked power in the absence of statehood.

The elected representatives should have absolute power to implement welfare schemes and lead Puducherry on the path of development.

The struggle to secure full statehood for Puducherry continues, he added.

On the demand for financial assistance to young lawyers, the Chief Minister said his administration would take necessary steps similar to those taken in Karnataka in the issue.

The administration would take steps to enhance the amount of the advocate's welfare fund and set up a criminal court in Puducherry.

Efforts were also on to set up a bench of Madras High Court here, he added.

Refuting the claim that law and order situation in Puducherry had deteriorated, Mr Rangasamy said it was intact and lawyers also had a role in maintaining law and order.

Madras High Court's Justice K K Sasidharan and Puducherry Chief Judge C S Murugan also attended the function.