Puducherry: On Thursday, the opposition AIADMK flayed the Puducherry government for not implementing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Mission in Karaikal, effectively.
Participating in the inconclusive debate on motion of thanks to Lt Governor's address to the House, the AIADMK member K A U Hasana, elected from Karaikal South, said, "The Swachh Bharat scheme is a good programme.
But, the Puducherry government is not implementing it properly in Karaikal."
Hasana further claimed that as many as 500 applications had been submitted to the municipal authorities in Karaikal seeking funds to construct toilets.
"Nothing has been heard so far about the sanction of funds.
In the circumstances, will it be possible for the government to achieve the goal of 'open air defecation- free Puducherry' by 2 October next year," he asked.
Hasana also alleged that Karaikal region had been neglected on several counts and the municipality there was lacking even dust bins to collect the garbage.
When Lt Governor Kiran Bedi visited Karaikal recently, around sixty dust bins were brought from Puducherry and deployed at several points in Karaikal to give an impression that basic facilities were available for people to dump the waste, he said.
Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu adjourned the House till Friday for resumption of the debate.
Earlier in the day, members of the Puducherry Assembly observed silence for a couple of minutes in memory of former Deputy Speaker S Muthu, who passed away on 20 July, due to age related ailments.
Muthu was elected to the Assembly from Oulgaret constituency on DMK ticket in 1969 and served as Deputy Speaker.