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Updated: 19-11-2018 16:02 IST

Puducherry PWD Minister and

PCC president A Namassivayam on Monday recalled the "bold and

fearless measures" former Prime Minister the late Indira

Gandhi took to preserve unity of the country.

Paying tributes to the leader on the occasion of her

101st birth anniversary at a function here, he said the

Congress government in the union territory was implementing

several welfare schemes as had been championed by Indira


"There are several obstacles and obstructions to

carry out the welfare measures. But Chief Minister V

Narayanasamy (who was not present at the celebration) was

going ahead with implementation of schemes for betterment of

the poor and the have-nots," Namassivayam said.

The minister read out the national integration


He said cyclone Gaja had caused extensive damage in

Karaikal and the government machinery swung into action to

restore normalcy in the region at the earliest.

He said that power structures had collapsed in

Karaikal under the impact of the severe cyclone.

However, immediate steps were taken to ensure that

power supply was restored at the earliest, the minister added.

He said the cabinet headed by Narayanasamy had

discussed the situation arising out of the cyclone in


Namassivayam also said an interim report was prepared

to urge the Centre to seek funds and also to send a cyclone

relief committee to Karaikal.

He said Education Secretary A Anbarasu would leave for

Delhi to present the interim report to the Union Home Minister

pressing sanction of financial assistance to Puducherry to

tackle the situation and also to seek visit of a central

relief committee to Karaikal.

AICC Secretary Sanjay Dutt would visit cyclone-hit

Karaikal tomorrow and meet the affected people.

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