Port Blair, Feb. 13: Smti. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Environment and Forest, GOI referring to the DO letter sent by the President PCC, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma to the Finance Minister, Shri P Chidambaram has informed that the Ministry has already released a loan amount of Rs. 5.50 Crores to ANIFPDCL out of the total allocated amount of Rs. 11.00 Crores.

Smti Natarajan further informed Sharma that action has been initiated for release of balance amount of Rs. 5.50 Crores to the Corporation. The matter regarding enhancement of budget estimate for the Corporation is also being taken up with the Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure to at least Rs 17.00 crores for the year 2013-14 against the present provision of Rs. 11.00 Crores, informed a communication from the Gandhi Bhawan, Port Blair.

“On receipt of the information, Kuldeep stated that this is one of his great achievements and feels a little relief as the employees will at least now get their regular salary and he will be very happy once the problems of the employees of the corporation is permanently solved for which he will go on persuading the matter with the local Administration and at Ministry level”, added the Gandhi Bhawan communication.