Puducherry budget to be presented on July 2

With the centre giving its nod, the 2018-19 budget for Puducherry will be presented in the Union Territory budget on July 2.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who also holds the Finance portfolio, will table the budget, which has been delayed for want of approval from the centre, Assembly Secretary A Vincent Rayar said in a release today.

The assembly which was adjourned ‘sine die’ after a two-day meeting on June 5 has been reconvened to meet on July 2, the release added.

The budget was expected to be presented during the session which began on June but in view of the delay in getting the centre’s approval, the house was abruptly adjourned.

Now the centre has approved the draft budget for Rs 7,530 crore.

The assembly had a one-day session with the customary address of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on March 26 and the motion of thanks to her address is yet to be adopted.

Facing flak from the opposition for not presenting the budget, the Chief Minister had rushed to New Delhi earlier this months and held talks with union home ministry officials.

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