Category: Letters

Letter to Prime Minister: Hindustan Lifecare

Dear Narendra Modiji,

I am writing this letter to bring an important matter of serious concern to the State of Kerala, to your kind attention and prompt intervention.

The Hindustan Latex Limited (later rechristened as HLL Lifecare Limited) was incorporated in the year 1966 under the control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The company was set up in Kerala primarily because of the easy availability of the basic raw material, ‘latex’ required for the manufacture of condoms, in the State. I may also add that the State Government had played a participatory role by handing over nearly 19 acres of land at prime locations free of cost for establishing the units of HLL Lifecare Ltd. in the state.

During the course of nearly five decades, the company has expanded its operations to reach out to the States of Karnataka, Haryana and Madhyapradesh, in addition to Kerala. The company is engaged in wide range of activities and is recognised as a corporate health care delivery company in major health care programmes of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. HLL has an excellent record of continuous profit making.

In Kerala, HLL has been engaged in a series of activities to make health care accessible and affordable to the common man. This has been possible because it is a 100% Government of India Company, deeply committed to national policies and goals. The fact that the Government of India has retained HLL as a strategic partner all these years speaks eloquently of its track record and commitment.

What causes concern now is the reported move of the Government of India to sell the company to private sector. If such a decision is taken, it will certainly affect in an adverse manner not only more than 5000 employees of the company and their families, but the society at large. The pro- active role so far played by the company in the programmes of the Government of India relating to population control, immunisation and healthcare, I am afraid, will become thing of the past. The Government of Kerala, which has been looking forward to further consolidation and expansion of the activities of HLL, providing job opportunities and ensuring a sound system of healthcare, is really concerned at the proposed move without taking the State Government into confidence.

I would seek your timely intervention in this matter to advise the concerned Ministry not to go ahead with the move to privatise a profit making and socially committed public sector undertaking. I further request you that any decision in the matter may be taken only after effective consultation with the State Government which has high stakes in the continued functioning of the HLL in the Public Sector.

With regards,
Yours sincerely,

(PINARAYI VIJAYAN)

Letter to Prime Minister : Qatar

Dear Narendra Modiji,

I am writing this letter in the context of the developing geo-political situation in the Middle East today. As you are aware millions of Indians are working in Countries in the Middle East and therefore the geo-political developments in the region has raised deep concerns among the people in the state since each family has at least one family member or a relative in the region.

There are about 6.5 Lakh Indians in Qatar of which nearly three lakh people hail from Kerala, and I bring to your attention our concern regarding their safety and future of their employment and their engagement in Qatar. (more…)

Letter to the Union Minister of External Affairs

Dear Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji,

I am writing this letter in the context of the developing geo-political situation in the Middle East today. As you are aware millions of Indians are working in Countries in the Middle East and therefore the geo-political developments in the region has raised deep concerns among the people in the state since each family has at least one family member or a relative in the region.

There are about 6.5 Lakh Indians in Qatar of which nearly three lakh people hail from Kerala, and I bring to your attention our concern regarding their safety and future of their employment and their engagement in Qatar. (more…)

Letter to Chief Ministers : Restrictions on Cattle Slaughter

Dear Chief Minister,

I am sure that you are already conversant with the Notification containing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 23rd May, 2017. The Rules impose a number of restriction on cattle trade which would have serious repercussions on the livelihood of millions of people, especially those in the agricultural sector, in our country.

It appears strange that the Rules are promulgated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 since they have nothing to do with the objects of the Act. Neither are the Rules covered by the express delegation of legislative powers contained in the Act. (more…)

Letter to Prime Minister : Cattle Slaughter

Dear Narendra Modiji,

This is to bring to your attention the recent Government of India’s Gazette Notification imposing restrictions on cattle trade, which would have serious impact on the livelihoods of millions of Indians.

It may be noted that the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change regarding the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 mandates that cattle can be traded only by those who have valid documentation that the cattle will be used only for agricultural purposes. Of the millions of farmers in our country, only a miniscule number of them have documentation to prove that they are engaged in agriculture. Therefore, it would be extremely difficult for the vast majority of our farmers to legally procure draught animals used for agriculture and other domestic purposes. (more…)

Letter to Prime Minister : Palmolin exporting issue

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention the grave concerns that the Coconut Farmers in Kerala are having to the reported information that the Union Government is trying to lift the ban on the import of Crude palm Oil through the ports in Kerala, based on the representation from oil industry.

I would request that any such move may be dropped since the small and marginal coconut farmers in the States are already suffering from the drop in prices of coconut and coconut oil. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister : Vineeth- Indian Footballer job issue

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention the unfortunate decision of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to terminate the services of the noted Football player and top scorer in India Premier Football League Shri. C.K. Vineeth, who was employed under the Sports Quota in the Accountant General’s Office, Thiruvananthapuram.

He has been terminated from his service apparently for shortage in attendance. The earlier act of the Government of India in employing him under the Accountant General’s office had in fact encouraged many similarly placed youth to take up the game seriously. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister : Kochi Metro

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I have great pleasure in informing that the Reach-I of the Phase-I of the Kochi Metro Rail Project is completed and is ready for commissioning. The final safety clearance from Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety is expected by second week of May 2017.

Kochi Metro Rail Project is a joint venture with equal equity participation of Government of India and Government of Kerala. The Phase-I of the Kochi Metro Rail Project sanctioned by Government of India in July 2012 envisages a route length of 25.612 kms from Aluva to Petta on a fully elevated Metro viaduct with 22 stations. The sanctioned cost of the project is Rs. 5181.79 crore. The project is partly funded with the external assistance from AFD France and domestic loan from Canara Bank.

The Reach-I of the project from Aluva to Palarivattom with a section length of 13.4 kms and 11 stations is fully completed. The construction work of the remaining reaches of the project is progressing very well and it is expected that the project would be completed soon.

This project is a stellar symbol of equal equity participation by State Government and Government of India reflecting the spirit of cooperativé federalism in bringing quality infrastructure for urban mobility.

The whole State is eagerly waiting for the commissioning of the project and to see the dream come true.

I would therefore request you to inaugurate the commissioning of the Kochi Metro project at Kochi, and to dedicate the project to the state and the nation, during the second fortnight of May, 2017. I am writing separately to the Union Minister for Urban Development to grace the occasion.

The State is eagerly looking forward to the inauguration of the project by your good self.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Shri. Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
152, South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi – 110 011.

Letter to the Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs

Dear Shri. Arun Jaitelyji,

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…)

Letter to the Minister of Civil Aviation

Dear Sri. Gajapathi Rajuji,

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…)