Category: Letters

Letter to the Prime Minister (Blue Whale issue)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

It has been reported that there is an internet trend growing in popularity that encourages its participants to hurt themselves in real life – called Blue Whale. This is not a video game but the participants are required to receive instructions from an anonymous administrator, and their final task is to commit suicide. The target is basically young children. (Reports in the media reveal that the game has taken a few lives in India and its popularity is growing) The Blue Whale Game is a challenge to the whole society and comprehensive action against this from all responsible agencies are of utmost importance. (more…)

Letter to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Parambikulam-Aliyar project)

Dear Sri. Edappadi K. Palaniswami,

I would like to bring to your kind attention the serious concerns that we have on continuing violations of the conditions of the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) Agreement.

As you will appreciate, the PAP Agreement guarantees Kerala of a specified quantum of water at both the Manacadavu Weir and at Kerala Sholayar. Kerala’s entitlement in a water year is secured irrespective of whether the water year is normal or distressed. It is quite unfortunate that Tamil Nadu has consistently not released the required quantum of water not only as per the fortnightly schedule incorporated in the Agreement but also as per the decisions of the Joint Water Regulation Board (JWRB). (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs (SBT issue)

Dear Shri. Arun Jaitley Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention that the concerns of State of Kerala, the employees of the State Bank of Travancore and the customers of the bank, raised before the merger of SBT with SBI seem to be vindicated by the post merged developments.

Now aggrieved by certain measures taken by SBI that has affected adversely the trade union rights, service conditions and the customers, the Travancore State Bank Employees Association has started sathyagraha on 19th July and the agitation is continuing. The main grievance is that without notice the management has de recognised the union and that despite the directions of the Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court, the bank is yet to implement the cheque off facility. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Dear Shri. Ram Vilas Paswan Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention regarding the delay in the release of minimum support price due to paddy farmers in the State, for the procurements made by the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation.

Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation is the state implementing agency for the paddy procurement, processing and distribution under DCP Scheme and has procured 4.527 LMT from the registered farmers in 2016-17 season. An amount of Rs. 182.06 crore towards minimum support price is yet to be disbursed to the farmers due to the non release from the Ministry. The proposal for the release of the said amount is pending in the Ministry. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister (Trivandrum Railway Division issue)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention to the critical issues related to rail development in the State and the urgency for formation of the Peninsular Railway Zone with headquarters at Ernakulam to speed up ongoing projects as well as those in the pipeline.

As you are aware that Kerala has inadequate rail infrastructure and with the railways not able to make the required investment, the state has incorporated a joint venture company with 51:49 equity with railways. With the zonal office located in Chennai, the decision making has been slow and many projects like Rapid Rail transit system, Thalassery-Mysore, Angamaly-Sabari, Guruvayoor-Thirunavaya and the coach factory at Palakkad are pending for a very long time. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Railways

Dear Shri. Suresh Prabhuji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention to the critical issues related to rail development in the State and the urgency for formation of the Peninsular Railway Zone with headquarters at Ernakulam to speed up ongoing projects as well as those in the pipeline.

As you are aware that Kerala has inadequate rail infrastructure and with the railways not able to make the required investment, the state has incorporated a joint venture company with 51:49 equity with railways. With the zonal office located in Chennai, the decision making has been slow and many projects like Rapid Rail transit system, Thalassery-Mysore, Angamaly-Sabari, Guruvayoor-Thirunavaya and the coach factory at Palakkad are pending for a very long time. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister (Delhi University Admission Policy)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your attention, a practice adopted by the Delhi University, with regard to its admission policy, which is in violation of our Constitution and contrary to the purpose and spirit of a Central University.

It has been reported that several languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, including Malayalam, are not a part of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) list considered by the university. It means they cannot be included in calculation of the `best of four’ marks, which determines the aggregate score for admission into DU. Aspiring students who include languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam in their ‘best of four’ are being subjected to a 2.5% deduction in their aggregate marks, because these languages are not `academic subjects’ listed by the University. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Human Resource Development

Dear Shri.Prakash Javadekar Ji,

I would like to bring to your attention, a practice adopted by the Delhi University, with regard to its admission policy, which is in violation of our Constitution and contrary to the purpose and spirit of a Central University.

It has been reported that several languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, including Malayalam, are not a part of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) list considered by the university. It means they cannot be included in calculation of the `best of four’ marks, which determines the aggregate score for admission into DU. Aspiring students who include languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam in their ‘best of four’ are being subjected to a 2.5% deduction in their aggregate marks, because these languages are not `academic subjects’ listed by the University. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Urban Development

Dear Shri. Venkaiah Naidu Ji,

Implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in Kerala was initiated in September 2015. Government of Kerala appreciates the policy of empowering the States to prioritise and select the projects under AMRUT.

As envisaged in the Mission Guidelines, Kerala has submitted three State Annual Action Plans which have been approved by the Ministry of Urban Development within the first 18 months. The State has also received the 20% advance of central assistance for SAAP-I (on 16th Dec 2015) and SAAP-II (on 28th Sep 2016. The Central funds along with the matching state share have been transferred to the State Mission Directorate. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Civil Aviation

Dear Shri. Ashok Gajapati Raju Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention and seek your early intervention in correcting an impractical circular direction issued by the Deputy Airport Health Officer in Kozhikode Airport, with regard to Dead body clearance at the International Airport.

Deputy Airport Health officer has issued new directions citing International Health Rule (IHR-2005) & Indian Aircraft Public Heath Rule (IAPHR 1954/2015) that, prior approval of Airport Health Officer at least 48 hours in advance is required before bringing the HUM/Dead body to International Airport in India and that embalming certificate, death certificate and two other certificates have to be submitted to APHO/HI at pre-immigration Health Counter at the time of HUM clearance. (more…)