BJP in the union territory today charged the government with failing students in procuring seats for them in self-financing deemed universities for Post Graduate medical courses, under government quota. BJP’s local unit president V Saminathan told reporters here that every year that the government was proving its “inefficiency” in getting seats under the government quota for professional courses in keeping with the stipulation that 50 per cent of the total seats should be earmarked for students under the quota. Students in Puducherry faced difficulty this year and the intervention of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi in the admission issue has enabled the aspirants for PG courses to get the seats through a judicial remedy, he added.
He also scoffed at the initiative of the Congress government to amend the Union Territories Act 1963 to curtail the powers of the Lt Governor. “When AINRC held reins of administration between 2011 and 2016, the then opposition Congress had asserted that only the Lt Governor was the authority in Union Territory and it (CongreMedical Admissions: Pondicherry government failed student community, says BJPss) had also backed the then Lt Governor Virendra Kataria on the basis of its contention,” he said. Congress was however now contending that only the elected ministry was powerful and was seeking to amend the relevant legislation, he said, adding it was “politics of convenience.”
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The Puducherry assembly had yesterday passed a resolution urging the Centre to bring amendments to the Government of Union Territories Act 1963 so that only the elected government in the Union Territory was vested with full powers on administrative matters so that it could look after the welfare of the people.