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Cabinet Decisions 28-11-2012

kcVigilance inquiry against Kochi Muziris Biennale     Thiruvananthapuram 28-11-2012: Vigilance inquiry will be initiated against Kochi Muziris Biennale on the basis of the recommendations of Financial Inspection Wing, who have unearthed several financial irregularities in the conduct of the previous Biennale festival, said Minister KC Joseph, briefing the cabinet decisions here today. Since CM had to go to Delhi immediately after the cabinet, briefing was entrusted to Sri K C Joseph, Minister for PRD.

Finance Department would initiate action against those who gave such an advice that Financial Codal Provisions need not be followed when Rs 5 crore was spent.

If there are any Government nominees in the committee or trust of Biennale they would be withdrawn.

From now on no financial help would be given to them by the government. But as per the agreement drafted by the previous LDF Government, Durbar Hall would be rented out for four months without any pay.

The recommendation of financial inspection wing to include them in black list has not been agreed citing them as an important cultural and heritage project.

They will not be allowed to use the logo of Government or Lalithakala Academy from here on.  Apart from financial help other help would be provided.

1953 disabled to get permanent posting

This Government has initiated steps to clear the backlog of the posts for disabled and as a result 1121 vacancies have been reported to PSC for appropriate action, said Minister K C Joseph. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

Those disabled who were posted on contract basis between 16-08-99 and 31-12-2001 through employment exchange and have completed 179 days will be given permanent posting after discussing with PSC. 1953 persons would get the benefit, said the Minister. This decision was taken in the wake of the World Disabled Day, celebrated on Dec 3.

Independence Struggle Golden Jubilee Memorial to be dismantled

The Government has decided to dismantle the Independence Struggle Golden Jubilee Memorial in front of Durbar Hall in Secretariat as this has become a shame on the cultural and aesthetic value of the state. Terming this memorial as one that lacks artistic value, the Minister said that based on the findings of the expert committee constituted it has been decided to dismantle the memorial, instead landscaping would be done to the area as part of beautification works in the secretariat.

The place has become a haven for stray dogs and the terracotta sculptures are in a state of ruin and are not fit for visitors. The memorial had been in the centre of several controversies ever since it was erected in 2001at a cost of Rs 23 lakhs.

Expatriates to get voting rights in Panchayath elections

Observing the pattern of amendments incorporated in RP Act, the provision for the expatriates to vote in elections to local bodies will be included in the three-tire Panchayathi Raj Act. A new section 21A would be incorporated in the act and the Kerala Panchayath Act would be amended.

DYSP Office and Police Control room to be opened at Nadapuram

Taking into consideration the prevailing tense situation at Nadapuram, the Government has decided to open one DYSP office and a Police Control room at Nadapuram. As per the recommendation of Home department 60 new posts will be sanctioned for the purpose.

Land acquisition for developing NHs to be expedited

On the basis of complaints related to the land acquired and alignment for development of NH 14 and NH 47 and in the state, a committee with Chief Secretary as head will be constituted to study issues and expedite land acquisitions.

 The NH will be widened to 45 meters clearing all the alignment problems. Worship centers would be spared and direction would be given not to affect the Thonakkal Kumaranasan Memorial in connection with the development of NH.

Minimum fare for Auto rickshaw hiked to Rs 15

The minimum fare for auto rickshaw for 1.25 km would be raised from Rs 14 to Rs 15.