Chennai: The Centre on Saturday dismissed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's charge that it was following a negative approach on critical issues and said the State has received adequate financial support from it. (Agencies)
"In particular, compared to other States, the Centre has given financial support to Tamil Nadu for development of ports, capacity generation whether it is at Neyveli Lignite Corporation or at Tuticorin Thermal power Corporation", Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy told reporters at the Airport.
On Friday, Jayalalithaa charged the Centre with working hard to take away the rights of the States one after another and whenever a letter was written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh only a routine acknowledgement was received.
She had said the Centre refused to allocate additional power to the state by adopting a "negative approach". It was adopting a similar approach on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, over which the state is locked in a row with Kerala.
Talking to reporters, Union Shipping Minister GK Vasan dismissed Jayalalithaa's charge that the Centre was meting out step-motherly treatment to the states.
"As for Tamil Nadu, in the 8.5 years of the UPA rule, schemes worth several crores have been given. At the same time, many schemes are presently being undertaken. One can proudly say that the Centre has a part in the development of Tamil Nadu," he said.
To another charge of Jayalalithaa over Cauvery water, Vasan said, the Prime Minister had ordered Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu.
"Likewise, the UPA government is responsibly acting to resolve the issue of Kudankulam nuclear plant for the last one and a half years. Even today, there are many who are obstructing the scheme. The Centre is hoping that all the problems are cleared and the power crisis in the state is resolved as early," he said.
He said the TNCC has made it very clear that major portion of power produced from Kudankulam nuclear power plant should come to Tamil Nadu.
"We will fight for it, there is no doubt. Tamil Nadu is already reeling under power cut. Unfortunately, the government has failed to act. The Central government will try its best to resume a better power position in Tamil Nadu," he said.
Asked whether KNPP would be commissioned by December, he said, "I hope so. Detractors should not trouble people of Tamil Nadu. The local government should handle them with iron hand."
Replying to a question on 2G controversy, the Minister said, "There is a suspicion among the public that money to the tune of Rs 1,76,000 crore has come out, based on a false information. There is also a suspicion that opposition are behind it. As time pass by, truth will come out."
On BJP's opposition to the appointment of new CBI director, Vasan said, "Prime Minister has clearly said the CBI cannot be headless. We are sure that the people of the country will accept it."
Charging opposition with trying to obstruct functioning of Parliament, Vasan said, "People will never accept that. Be it FDI in retail or any other issue, UPA government is ready to discuss it in Parliament. I ask the opposition to cooperate."
To a question on the oiltanker M T Pratibha Cauvery, which ran aground and later pulled back, he said investigation was on.
"There is a case in the High Court that compensation should be given to those who lost their lives. All hope there will be a good judgement in that. As far as the Shipping Ministry is concerned, it will talk to the owner of the ship and insist that salary arrears due to them are given," he said.
Chennai: The Centre on Saturday dismissed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's charge that it was following a negative approach on critical issues and said the State has received adequate financial support from it.