Category: Letters

Letter to the Prime Minister (Denial of Promoting State Tourism in an International Forum)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention our concern and disappointment at the denial of opportunity for promoting State tourism in an international forum.

On an invitation from the Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to attend the 22nd session of the General Assembly of UNWTO, scheduled to be held in Chengdu, China from 11 to 16 September 2017, Shri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala, applied online for political clearance for the visit. He has since received information that the clearance has been denied. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of External Affairs (Denial of Promoting State Tourism in an International Forum)

Dear Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention our concern and disappointment at the denial of opportunity for promoting State tourism in an international forum.

On an invitation from the Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to attend the 22nd session of the General Assembly of UNWTO, scheduled to be held in Chengdu, China from 11 to 16 September 2017, Shri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala, applied online for political clearance for the visit. He has since received information that the clearance has been denied. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister (Crisis Developing in some Northern States)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

It is worrying that widespread instances of violence, rioting and arson are being reported in several north Indian states, following the verdict convicting Gurmeet Ram Rahim by a CBI special court in Panchkula. Reports indicate that the death count and the number of injured are increasing by the hour.

I have personally been receiving calls from Malayalees who are in fear of their life and property, from the affected areas. May I request you to take immediate and necessary action to ensure that the life and property of all our citizens are protected without fail. Strict action against those behind these unprecedented acts of violence may also be ensured. (more…)

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…)