As you are aware that Government of Kerala is developing a Deep water International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vizhinjam, near Thiruvanathapuram through Public Private Partnership on BOT basis. Government of Kerala has executed Concession Agreement with Adani Vizhinjam Ports Private Ltd (AVPPL) for the development of Vizhinjam Project, which is expected to become a landmark in the development scenario of the State of Kerala and the work is progressing as scheduled.
Kerala being one of the most populous States in the Country, for speedy and hassle free acquisition, the land required for development of the Port was acquired through negotiated purchase in which land value was fixed by a committee under the Chairmanship of the District Collector, after issuing Notification under Land Acquisition Act 1894. (more…)
I would like to draw your kind attention to the recent unjustified hike in air ticket price for the Gulf sector, by the airlines, beginning with the onset of school vacation period and holiday season.
In the past three months, the average air ticket fare from Kerala to Middle East and other Gulf countries were ranging from INR 6000 to 12000 for one way and INR 16000 to 18000 for return journey. Low cost carriers like Air India Express, Indigo, Spice Jet and others had special day special flights to Gulf sectors with very low price ranging from INR 4000 to 6000 for one way and INR 7000 to 9000 for return journey.
But in the last few weeks there is a visible hike of almost 100 percent in the air ticket price of different airlines for the same sectors and that is a now major concern for majority of the non resident Keralites in the Gulf region who, as you are aware, are already facing difficulties on account of uncertainty to their jobs in a tightening job market. As you are also aware Kerala to Gulf region has been the most profitable route for the airlines. (more…)
Please refer to your D.O. Lr No. PD-25021/25/2015-PDII Dated, 13.02.2017 regarding the implementation of the Projects under State Sagarmala Committee. I would like to inform that the Government of Kerala has accordingly reconstituted the Sagarmala Committee under the Chairmanship of the State Minister in charge of Ports, Museum and Archeology, under intimation to Government of India and as mentioned in your letter. The minutes of the 1st meeting SSC has been forwarded to Government of India. The Kerala State Maritime Development Corporation (KSMDC) is identified as SPV under Sagarmala Programme for the implementation of Sagarmala Projects.
The work of Deep water International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vizhinjam through Public Private Partnership is progressing as scheduled. Government of Kerala is keen in availing all assistance from GoI under Sagarmala Scheme. The proposal for rail connectivity is being prepared and the same will be submitted within a week. (more…)
The Infrastructure Development in the State is one of the top priorities of the State Government and in that connection Government is very keen to ensure that the existing NH 17 & 47 are converted into 4 lanes. I am reviewing the progress of these works frequently and would like to draw your attention to the following:-
1) Starting Physical Work of NH Widening of Kasargod and Kannur Districts by NHAI from May 2017 onwards:
In the Review Meetings where NHAI officials, including Members from NHAI Headquarters, New Delhi regularly take part, it has been agreed that physical work will be started for widening of NH from May 2017. We would be grateful if the progress made in this direction for the widening work of NH 66 in the Districts of Kasargod and Kannur is reviewed at your level (more…)
NORKA ROOTS, a Government of Kerala enterprise under Non–Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA) is the Government agency set up to exclusively address issues concerning Non – Resident Keralites abroad. NORKA ROOTS has also been functioning as a recruitment agency having recruitment license since 2006. Vide order no. F.OI-11012/10/2013-EP dated 12/03/2015 of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, NORKA ROOTS is one of the entrusted state run agencies for recruitment of Indian nurses to 18 ECR countries NORKA ROOTS is also the only agency in Kerala State authorized by HRD, Government of India for attestation of educational certificates issued from Universities/ Boards/ Institutions in Kerala. NORKA ROOTS has been approved by Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia as a recruitment agency for recruiting medical professionals from March 2017 onwards.
As you are aware large number of Keralites seeks employment abroad, particularly in Gulf countries and they account for a good position of foreign exchange remittances. (more…)
The BHEL Electrical Machines Limited is a joint venture between BHEL and Government of Kerala established in the year of 2011, with majority stake vested with BHEL, and has been notified as a C category CPSE by Government of India. The firm was established with the sole motive of overall improvement of the region of Kasaragod and for addressing unemployment issues prevailing in the Kasaragod district. Kasaragod is the most industrially backward district of Kerala. At the time of inception and thereafter also, a lot of participatory help from BHEL was expected in all forms. In the absence of supportive interest from BHEL since inception, the company is now facing a lot of problems/challenges in all fronts which cannot be resolved without active, participative and coherent support from all stake holders. (more…)
I appreciate the efforts of the Government of India to create additional irrigation potential by launching the scheme for 99 priority – Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme projects under PMKSY. I would like to inform you that my Government has already given concurrence for the inclusion of Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project (MVIP) and Karapuzha Irrigation Project (KRP) in Kerala among the 99 priority AIBP projects. We have also communicated our project costs to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR), Government of India. (more…)
I would like to bring to your attention an unresolved issue regarding an Indian National kidnapped by terrorists in Yemen.
Rev. Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted by terrorists from Eden in March 4th, 2016 while he was working for Missionaries of Charities of Mother Theresa in Yemen. For more than a year he continues to be in the custody of terrorists. State Government had repeatedly taken up his issue and requested the intervention of Ministry to secure his release. (more…)
On 28th February 2017 two mechanized boats went for deep sea fishing and 32 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Navy of England since they crossed the British Territory on 2nd March. The fishing vessels are Al Ameen and Mermaid. Of 32 fishermen 15 are from Tamil Nadu and 17 are from Kerala. It is learnt that the fishermen are kept under the custody of the British Navy in Diego Garcia Island.
It is requested that your good office may kindly intervene in the matter and assistance of Central Government to release the fishermen may please be provided. (more…)
This is to bring to your kind notice that Kerala has been home to several pan-India Central PSUs, where the unit in Kerala works profitably, but is dragged down by the performance of units elsewhere in India. Instrumentation Ltd in Palakkad, Kerala was badly affected by the working of Instrumentation’s Kota unit, Hindustan Organics Chemicals Ltd, Kochi unit was pulled down by the unit in Rasayani, and HMT’s Kalamassery unit was pulled down by HMT Corporate’s performance.
Now, Hindustan Newsprints Ltd (HNL), a subsidiary of Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd, has been badly affected by the lack of performance of the holding company, and is now being threatened with disinvestment. (more…)