In the wake of reports that state-run departments were suffering losses, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday said a government placed its priority on people's welfare and not on profits.
"Public departments work with the intent of serving people and ensuring their welfare. If we start calculating the profits, we cannot even operate bus services to rural parts of the state," he said writing in DMK's mouthpiece 'Murasoli.'
He was reacting to reports in a section of media about public departments suffering huge losses, as reported by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
Asserting that people's welfare was primary, he said transport services in the state were nationalised only with this intention.
He said if it continued to remain in the private sector, ticket rates would have been increased in correspondence with fuel price hike. Despite fuel price hike, ticket fares had not been revised in the state, he pointed out.
He said 38 public departments had earned profit in the year 2008-09.