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Cabinet briefing on October 23, 2014

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National Highway works to go ahead with 45 m width

 Following the insistence of the Central government to go with the 45 m wide stipulation for developing national highways in Kerala, the Cabinet has decided to abide by it and proceed with the required land acquisition. The Central government will soon be given assurance on the same. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that Kerala had sought exception from the Central government for allowing the national highway works with 30 m width. But the Central government responded that it would not undertake the work if the width was below 45 m. The chief minister said that the Kerala government tried to convince the Union government with Kerala's concerns with regard to land acquisition for NH development, but could not prevail on the Central government.  

The proposed national highway works pertains to the Edappally - Mangalore stretch of NH 17 and the Chertala - Kazhakuttam stretch of NH 47. Of the total land required for the project 80% remains to be acquired. The required land will be compensated with market price and will be done in a time-bound manner. The government will give instructions to district collectors to expedite the process pertaining to the acquisition.

Central government had already given exception to some of the south Indian States on the prescribed width including Kerala and agreed to 45 m width instead of the standard 60 m.

New drinking water schemes

 

An additional drinking water scheme will be provided to Kollam district. The government has decided to use the waters of the Kallada River for meeting the drinking water needs of Kollam. Sanction has been given for the Rs 14.5 crore project. The suggestion to do so came up in a meeting held recently to discuss the conservation of Sasthamcottah fresh water lake, which currently serves as the source of drinking water for the district.

In another decision, the government has given sanction for drinking water schemes for Kalpetta and Payannur municipalities, which will be implemented through the Department of Urban Affairs at an expense of Rs 5.5 crore and Rs 6.6 crore respectively.

 

Other decisions

 

The government has decided to extend the one-time settlement scheme of the Housing Board to 31-12-2014. Initially, the last date of the scheme ended on 30-06-2014.

The government has decided not to levy toll on bridges which have been built at an expense to Rs 5 to 10 crore. Earlier, the decision was applicable only for bridges built at a cost of up to Rs 5 crore.

The period of Justice Sivarajan Commission to be extended by three months.

Rs 2 lakhs will be given to the MSP Higher Secondary School football team that came runners-up in the Subrato Cup international football tournament for boys under 17.

All pending government appointments in the quota for physically handicapped and sports to be expedited.

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22-10-2014, Kerala Kaumudi

'മുഖ്യ' കരസ്പര്‍ശത്തില്‍ രാജേശ്വരിക്ക് ശാപമോക്ഷം

-Wednesday, 22 October 2014 


rajeswari kkതിരുവനന്തപുരം: 'ഒന്നു കൊണ്ടും വിഷമിക്കേണ്ട. രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ ഇനിയുള്ള ചികിത്സാ ചെലവ് മുഴുവന്‍ ഞാന്‍ നോക്കിക്കൊള്ളാം. എത്ര പണമാണ് വേണ്ടതെന്ന് അറിയിച്ചാല്‍ മതി. എന്താവശ്യമുണ്ടെങ്കിലും എപ്പോള്‍ വേണമെങ്കിലും എന്നെ കാണാം. കേട്ടോ'
മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ വാക്കുകള്‍ സാന്ത്വനമഴയായി മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മയുടെ മനസില്‍ പതിച്ചു. ആദ്യമായാണ് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയെ അവര്‍ നേരില്‍ കാണുന്നത്. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ സ്‌നേഹം നിറഞ്ഞ വാക്കുകള്‍ കേട്ട് അവര്‍ അത്ഭുതം കൂറി. സന്തോഷം കൊണ്ട് അവരുടെ കണ്ണുകള്‍ നിറഞ്ഞൊഴുകി. കഴിഞ്ഞ മൂന്നരവര്‍ഷമായി അനുഭവിക്കുന്ന കഷ്ടപ്പാടിന് ദൈവം തന്ന പരിഹാരമാര്‍ഗമായി ഇന്നലെ ക്‌ളിഫ് ഹൗസില്‍ നടന്ന കൂടികാഴ്ച.
പക്ഷാഘാതം ബാധിച്ച് ജീവിതയാത്രയില്‍ ഇടറി വീണ രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ ദുരിതകഥ 'കേരള കൗമുദി'യിലൂടെയാണ് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ഉമ്മന്‍ചാണ്ടി അറിഞ്ഞത്. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ നിര്‍ദ്ദേശപ്രകാരം തിങ്കളാഴ്ച സുതാര്യകേരളത്തില്‍ നിന്നും 'കേരള കൗമുദി'യിലേക്ക് വിളിച്ച് രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ വിശദവിവരങ്ങള്‍ ആരാഞ്ഞു. മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മയുടെ ഫോണ്‍ നമ്പര്‍ വാങ്ങി. ഇവര്‍ക്ക് നാളിതുവരെയായി സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ സഹായം ഒന്നും ലഭിച്ചിട്ടില്ലെന്നറിഞ്ഞപ്പോള്‍ അടിയന്തരമായി രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ അപേക്ഷ പരിഗണിക്കാന്‍ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി നിര്‍ദ്ദേശിച്ചു. ഇതറിഞ്ഞ മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മ രാജേശ്വരിയെ കാറിലിരുത്തി, ഇന്നലെ രാവിലെ എട്ടുമണിക്ക് ക്‌ളിഫ് ഹൗസിലെത്തി. സഹായത്തിനായി വെള്ളനാട് ലാല്‍കൃഷ്ണ, ഉണ്ണിക്കൃഷ്ണ ചാരിറ്റബിള്‍ ട്രസ്റ്റിലെ കൂവക്കോട് ജയന്‍ എന്നിവരും ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. കഴിഞ്ഞ എട്ടുമാസമായി രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ ചികിത്സാകാര്യങ്ങള്‍ നോക്കുന്നത് ഇവരാണ്,
രാജേശ്വരിക്ക് സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ മികച്ച ആശുപത്രികളിലൊന്നില്‍ വിദഗ്ദ്ധ ചികിത്സ ഏര്‍പ്പെടുത്താമെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു. പക്ഷേ, ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ ആയുര്‍വേദ ചികിത്സ ഫലപ്രദമാകുന്നുണ്ടെന്നും അത് തുടര്‍ന്നാല്‍ എഴുന്നേറ്റ് നടക്കുമെന്ന് പ്രതീക്ഷയുണ്ടെന്നും മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മ പറഞ്ഞു. എന്നാല്‍ ആയുര്‍വേദ ചികിത്സ തുടരട്ടെ. അതിനു വേണ്ട പണം അനുവദിക്കാമെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ഉറപ്പു നല്‍കി. ഇതിനായി ജില്ലാ കളക്ടര്‍ക്ക് അപേക്ഷ നല്‍കാന്‍ നിര്‍ദ്ദേശിച്ചു.

കഴിഞ്ഞ മൂന്നരവര്‍ഷമായി അരുവിക്കര കിഴക്കുംകര കോളനി കരിനെല്ലിയോട് രാജേശ്വരി ഭവനില്‍ രാജേശ്വരി (26) പക്ഷാഘാതം ബാധിച്ച് കിടപ്പിലാണെന്നും കുടുംബം ദാരിദ്ര്യത്തിലാണ് കഴിയുന്നതെന്നും ചികിത്സയ്ക്കായി പരമാവധി ധനസഹായം അനുവദിക്കണമെന്നും വില്ലേജ് ഓഫീസര്‍ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് നല്‍കിയിരിക്കുകയാണ്. അടുത്ത ദിവസം മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിക്ക് റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ലഭിച്ചാലുടന്‍ ചികിത്സാസഹായം അനുവദിക്കും.
മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ അടുക്കല്‍ നിന്നു മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മ, രാജേശ്വരിയെയും കൂട്ടി നേരേ കേരളകൗമുദി ഓഫീസിലാണെത്തിയത്.' നാളിതുവരെ ആരും തിരിഞ്ഞുനോക്കാനില്ലാത്ത ഞങ്ങളെ ഇത്രയൊക്കെ സഹായിച്ചതിന് നന്ദിയുണ്ടെന്ന് പറയാന്‍. എന്റെ കണ്ണടയും മുമ്പ് മോളൊന്നു എഴുന്നേറ്റു നടക്കണമെന്നതാണ് ആഗ്രഹം. ' മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മ വിതുമ്പി.
പക്ഷാഘാതം ബാധിച്ചതോടെയാണ് രാജേശ്വരിയുടെ ചലനശേഷിയും സംസാരശേഷിയും നഷ്ടമായത്. ഇതോടെ ഭര്‍ത്താവും കുടുംബവും ഉപേക്ഷിച്ചു. 'കേരള കൗമുദി'വാര്‍ത്തയെ തുടര്‍ന്ന് പ്രവാസികള്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടെയുള്ളവര്‍ ചെറുതും വലുതുമായ തുക മീനാക്ഷിയമ്മയുടെ പേരില്‍ സിന്‍ഡിക്കേറ്റ് ബാങ്ക് വെള്ളനാട് ശാഖയില്‍ 40082200112275 അക്കൗണ്ട് നമ്പരിലേക്ക് അയച്ചിരുന്നു.



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Basic Infrastructure is Key to Development of Sports: CM

Inaugurating the function to felicitate achievers in the Asian games and also winners of the Dronacharya and Arjuna awards at the Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that putting basic infrastructure in place held the key to the development of sports in Kerala. Kerala was keenly looking forward to its athletes to perform well in the upcoming National games to be held in Kerala, the chief minister said.

In his address the chief minister also said that the national games in Kerala would be held in seven districts and because of that we were able to spruce up the infrastructure in these seven districts. The chief minister said this as one of the achievements of Kerala because of the national games. Kochi was gearing up for hosting the football tournament for boys under 17 and the preparations for training facilities and grounds were going on full swing. This would turn out as an asset in the future for sporting activities in Kerala, the chief minister said.

In the function the government gave cash awards to athletes from Kerala who won medals in the Asian games held at Incheon. Tintu Luka was given Rs 25 lakhs, Deepika Pallickal Rs 17.5 lakhs, Sreejesh P R Rs 15 lakhs, and Rs 7.5 lakhs each to Robin P U, O P Jaisha and P C Tulasi.

Minister for Sports Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan presided over the function. Also present during the function were Minister for Education Abdu Rabb, MLA V T Balram and Sports Council President Padmini Thomas.

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Real development is through education: CM

“It is only through education that real development is possible,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He said this after inaugurating the State-level one-time distribution of scholarships to students of other backward communities who have secured A + in Plus Two examination. The function was held at Kanakakunnu in Thiruvananthapuram.

In his address the chief minister said that no one should be deprived of education due to lack of financial support. The government was willing to extend all possible help to those deserving, no matter to which community they belonged to. Through hard work one could reach any position in life. Free assistance should be considered as temporary and as a solace, the chief minister added.

The chief minister also expressed delight at the manner in which the Department of Backward Corporation had implemented the programmes of the government, thereby rising up to the expectations of the people. The chief minister said that in 2014-15 the department aimed to provide Rs 260 crore as loan and believed that it would meet the target.

On the issue of government guarantee, the chief minister said that the government wished to do all that was possible on that regard, but there are limitations for the government. The ceiling on the amount of guarantee had been fixed for each State and was determined by the stipulations of the RBI, and that the government would do the possible within those guidelines and stipulations, he added. The chief minister also said that the government would provide all assistance to those who were willing to get educated.

Also present during the function was Minister for Scheduled Caste A P Anil Kumar, MLA K Muraleedharan and Principal Secretary for Backward Corporation Asha Thomas.


യഥാര്‍ത്ഥ വികസനം വിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിലൂടെ മാത്രം - മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി


യഥാര്‍ത്ഥ വികസനം വിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിലൂടെ മാത്രമേ ഉണ്ടാകുകയുള്ളൂവെന്ന് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ഉമ്മന്‍ചാണ്ടി. പ്ലസ് ടൂവിന് എല്ലാ വിഷയങ്ങളിലും എ പ്ലസ് ഗ്രേഡ് ലഭിച്ച മറ്റ് പിന്നാക്ക വിഭാഗത്തില്‍പ്പെട്ട വിദ്യാര്‍ത്ഥികള്‍ക്കുള്ള ഒറ്റത്തവണ സ്‌കോളര്‍ഷിപ്പ് വിതരണത്തിന്റെ സംസ്ഥാനതല ഉദ്ഘാടനം തിരുവനന്തപുരം കനകക്കുന്ന് കൊട്ടാരത്തില്‍ നിര്‍വഹിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം.
സാമ്പത്തിക പരിമിതി മൂലം ആരും പഠിക്കാതിരിക്കരുത് എന്നാണ് സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ ആഗ്രഹം. ഏതു സമുദായമാണെങ്കിലും അര്‍ഹിക്കുന്ന എല്ലാവര്‍ക്കും വിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിനുള്ള സൗകര്യം നല്‍കുന്നതിനാണ് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ പരിഗണന നല്‍കുന്നത്. കഠിനാധ്വാനത്തിലൂടെ ഏത് നിലയിലും എത്താനാകും. സൗജന്യങ്ങള്‍ താത്കാലിക സഹായവും ആശ്രയവുമാക്കണം. ശാശ്വതമായ പ്രയോജനം വിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിലൂടെ മാത്രമേ ലഭ്യമാകൂ.
സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ എന്താണോ ആഗ്രഹിച്ചത് അത് പ്രയോഗത്തില്‍ കൊണ്ടുവരാനും ജനങ്ങളുടെ പ്രതീക്ഷക്കൊത്ത് ഉയരുവാനും പിന്നാക്കവിഭാഗ കോര്‍പ്പറേഷനും വകുപ്പിനും സാധിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. 2014-15 ല്‍ 260 കോടി രൂപ വായ്പയായി നല്‍കാനാണ് വകുപ്പ് ലക്ഷ്യം വച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. ലക്ഷ്യം പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായും സാക്ഷാത്കരിക്കാനാകും എന്ന വിശ്വാസം സര്‍ക്കാരിനുണ്ടെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.
കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ഉന്നയിച്ച ഗ്യാരന്റി സംബന്ധിച്ച കാര്യത്തില്‍ സാധ്യമായതെല്ലാം ചെയ്യണമെന്നാണ് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നത്. എന്നാല്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിന് ഗ്യാരന്റി നില്‍ക്കുന്നതിന് പരിധിയും പരിമിതിയുമുണ്ട്. ഓരോ സംസ്ഥാനത്തിനും എത്ര കോടി രൂപവരെ ഗ്യാരന്റി നില്‍ക്കാമെന്ന് നിബന്ധനകള്‍ ഉണ്ട്. റിസര്‍വ്വ് ബാങ്കാണ് ഇത് തീരുമാനിക്കുന്നത്. നിബന്ധനകള്‍ക്കുള്ളില്‍ നിന്ന് സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ പരമാവധി സഹായം ചെയ്യും. വിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിന് ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്ന അര്‍ഹതയുള്ള മുഴുവന്‍ പേര്‍ക്കും സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ സഹായം ലഭ്യമാകുമെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി പറഞ്ഞു.
ചടങ്ങില്‍ പട്ടികജാതി പിന്നാക്കക്ഷേമ വകുപ്പ് മന്ത്രി എ.പി. അനില്‍കുമാര്‍ അധ്യക്ഷനായിരുന്നു. . കെ. മുരളീധരന്‍ എം.എല്‍.എ മുഖ്യാതിഥിയായിരുന്നു. വകുപ്പ് പ്രിന്‍സിപ്പല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറി ആഷാ തോമസ്, കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ മോഹന്‍ ശങ്കര്‍, കോര്‍പ്പറേഷന്‍ ഡയറക്ടര്‍, എം.ഡി, ബോര്‍ഡ് മെംബര്‍മാര്‍ മുതലായവര്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു.

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Issues of Clay-based Industries Discussed

 

Issues pertaining to clay-based industries in the State were discussed in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting put forward a suggestion to extract clay without disturbing the top-soil, the degradation of which was causing serious environmental issues. After getting the approval of the chief minister, the meeting also decided to place the matter before the Cabinet for its approval. Further, the meeting is also looking forward to the possibility of getting the approval in time for clay extraction soon after the northeast monsoon. The meeting also cited that the environmental clearance for extracting only the clay content is currently available.

The meeting was also attended by ministers P K Kunhalikutty, M K Muneer, Adoor Prakash, Member of Parliament M K Raghavan, MLA Elamaram Karim, other people's representatives and government officials.

കളിമണ്‍ അധിഷ്ഠിത വ്യവസായ മേഖലയിലെ പ്രശ്‌നങ്ങള്‍ : യോഗം ചേര്‍ന്നു

പ്രതിസന്ധി നേരിടുന്ന കളിമണ്‍ അധിഷ്ഠിത വ്യവസായ മേഖലയിലെ പ്രശ്‌നങ്ങള്‍ ചര്‍ച്ച ചെയ്യാന്‍ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ കോണ്‍ഫറന്‍സ് ഹാളില്‍ യോഗം ചേര്‍ന്നു. പാരിസ്ഥിതിക പ്രശ്‌നങ്ങള്‍ ഒഴിവാക്കുന്നതിന് മേല്‍ മണ്ണ് നിലനിര്‍ത്തികൊണ്ട് ഒരു നിശ്ചിത ആഴത്തില്‍ കുഴിച്ച് മണ്ണെടുക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള നിര്‍ദ്ദേശം മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിയുടെ സമ്മതപ്രകാരം മന്ത്രിസഭയ്ക്കു മുന്നില്‍ അവതരിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ യോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു. തുലാവര്‍ഷം കഴിഞ്ഞാലുടന്‍ മണ്ണെടുക്കാനാവും വിധം ഇതിനുള്ള തീരുമാനം കൈക്കൊള്ളാന്‍ കഴിയുമോ എന്ന കാര്യവും പരിശോധിക്കും. അടിമണ്ണ് മാത്രം കുഴിച്ചെടുക്കുന്നതിന് പാരിസ്ഥിതികാനുമതി ലഭിക്കുമെന്ന് യോഗം വിലയിരുത്തി. മന്ത്രിമാരായ പി.കെ. കുഞ്ഞാലിക്കുട്ടി, എം.കെ. മുനീര്‍, അടൂര്‍ പ്രകാശ്, എം.കെ. രാഘവന്‍ എം.പി, എളമരം കരീം എം.എല്‍.എ മറ്റു ജനപ്രതിനിധികള്‍, ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍ തുടങ്ങിവയര്‍ യോഗത്തില്‍ സംബന്ധിച്ചു.

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Student Incubation Centres in all Universities

In a meeting of vice-chancellors convened in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government had come up with specific programmes to encourage student entrepreneurship and for starting students' incubation centres in all universities of Kerala.

The meeting held at Thycaud guest house was attended by vice chancellors of all universities in Kerala. Secretary for Higher Education Dr K M Abraham also took part.  

വൈസ് ചാന്‍സലര്‍മാരുടെ യോഗം

വിദ്യാര്‍ത്ഥി സംരംഭകത്വം പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിനും സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ എല്ലാ സര്‍വകാലാശാലകളിലും സ്റ്റുഡന്റ്‌സ് ഇന്‍ക്യുബേറ്റര്‍ ആരംഭിക്കുന്നതിനും സംസ്ഥാന സരക്കാര്‍ ആവിഷ്‌ക്കരിച്ച പദ്ധതികള്‍ നടപ്പാക്കുന്നതു സംബന്ധിച്ച് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി വൈസ്ചാന്‍സലര്‍മാരുമായി ചര്‍ച്ച നടത്തി. തൈക്കാട് ഗസ്റ്റ് ഹൗസില്‍ ചേര്‍ന്ന യോഗത്തില്‍ സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ എല്ലാ സര്‍വകലാശാലകളിലെയും വൈസ് ചാന്‍സലര്‍മാര്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു. ഉന്നത വിദ്യാഭ്യാസ സെക്രട്ടറി കെ.എം. എബ്രഹാം സംബന്ധിച്ചു.

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Will protect dairy farmers from exploitation: CM

Dairy farmers in Kerala would be taken care of from exploitation and the government would speed up measures to make Kerala self-reliant in milk production, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after inaugurating the chilling plant of Elanthikara Milk Producers' Cooperative Society near Paravur. The government's consideration towards milk producers in the State was evident from the hiking of milk price on three occasions in the past three years. And the government also made sure that ninety per cent of the increased price went to the farmers. The chief minister also said that the northern region of Kerala had attained self-sufficiency in milk production and the rest of the State was catching up fast. "Self-sufficiency can only be achieved when rearing of cows become profitable. The government has introduced several schemes for realizing this," the chief minister said. He also opined that the services rendered by Milma and local milk cooperatives in checking exploitation of dairy farmers were indeed valuable. The chilling plant inaugurated by the chief minister at Elanthikara is capable of chilling the milk procured at 15 primary milk cooperatives in the districts of Thrissur and Ernakulam. The project realized with the financial aid of the Union government as part of its project - Clean Milk Production - has been implemented through the regional union of Milma Ernakulam.

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CM Inaugurates Technology Innovation Zone

Chief Minister today inaugurated the Technology Innovation Zone (TIZ) at the Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery. TIZ has been established by the government to assist entrepreneurs by coordinating activities starting from conceptualization to establishing contacts with investors.

Speaking on the occasion the chief minister said that due compensation will be given to all lands acquired for development purpose in the State. Those not willing to give land for activities like the development of MC road, laying of power lines and pipelines for natural gas were actually turning their face against development, he added.

The chief minister further said that it was quite natural for people to expect market price for the land that they gave for development activities. Those willing to give land should not face difficulties. The government would also think of coming up with a package that would benefit people from the intended development. The chief minister also urged the people to cooperate with land acquisition and said that development projects could not go on without a deadline.

Though investors were ready to come to Kerala, our basic infrastructure facilities were yet to match up with their expectations. We are working on that inadequacy and have initiated efforts to clear the bottlenecks hampering the development of transportation and energy, said the chief minister. The City Gas project by making use of the natural gas from the PuthuVype LNG terminal would soon be realized. All that was required was the sanction of the Union petroleum ministry, the chief minister added.

The chief minister also inaugurated the Start-Up village building at the Hi-Tech Park in Kalamassery. The chief minister also had an interaction with the entrepreneurs.

The 10,000 sq ft Technology Innovation Zone at the Hi-Tech Park can accommodate 40 odd start-ups. TIZ is a Rs 150 crore project of the Technology Business Incubation Centre at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, which will be supervised by Start-Up Village, Kochi. Through TIZ, the government aims to accommodate start-ups from sectors other than telecom and IT, like agriculture, tourism, electronics and nano technology. Rest of the construction works of TIZ is expected to be over by the end of 2016. On completion of all the construction works of TIZ that is getting established on 13.2 acres of land, the functional area will come to 3 lakh sq ft, capable of housing 3000 start-ups. TIZ will also be equipped with a convention centre, food-courts, exhibition hall, fabrication lab and data centre. 

Present during the inaugural function were the Minister for Public Works department V K Ibrahim Kunju, Principle Secretary for IT and Industries P H Kurien, Kalamassery Municipal Chairman Jamal Manakkadan and Kinfra Managing Director Dr G C Gopala Pillai. 

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CM's Intervention fetches Kerala 3750 tons of Urea

Kerala overcame the urea shortage crisis after the Union government decided to release 3750 tons of urea to the State. In the wake of the crisis, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy wrote a letter to the Union Minister for Fertilizers AnanthKumar, citing the predicament of the farmers in Kerala owing to the shortage of urea.

The 3750 ton urea released will reach Kerala at Kozhikode and Kottayam through the public sector enterprise Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers. It will be then distributed through MarketFed. Farmers and cooperative societies in need of urea should get in touch with the district offices of the MarketFed.

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Vallathol Award Presented

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presented the 24th Vallathol Award to P Narayana Kurup and Dr P C Nair at a function held at the Teerthapaadam Mandapam in Thiruvananthapuram.

Speaking on the occasion the chief minister said that the award named after the great Malayalam poet Vallathol had gone to persons befitting it.

Also present during the function were the president of Vallathol Sahitya Samiti R Ramachandran Nair, Prof R Hemant Kumar Dr A M Vasudevan Pillai and P Narayana Kurup.

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Sabarimala National Pilgrim Centre: Expert Committee to Submit Project Report

The Travancore Devaswom Board was entrusted to form an expert committee to come up with a project report on making Sabarimala a national pilgrim centre. A decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting in the Secretariat, chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the Minister for Devaswom V S Sivakumar. The decision came close to the heels of Kerala submitting the memorandum to the Union government yesterday to elevate Sabarimala into a national pilgrim centre.

The intention is to make Sabarimala on the lines of pilgrim centres like Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Vaishnodevi in Jammu. A detailed report will be submitted to the prime minister after the visits and observations of the expert committee to these pilgrim centres. Kerala will demand release of more forest lands as part of the project.

Officials concerned were given instructions to meet the deadline of November 1 for completing the works as part of Mandalam and Makaravilakku festive season at Sabarimala. A review meeting in this regard will be held at Pamba on November 11 at 2 p.m. which will be attended by the chief minister, ministers concerned, people's representatives and senior officials. Roads to Sabarimala are being renovated at an expense of Rs 57 crores. The works pertaining to this and that of the national highway will be completed in a time-bound manner. Kannamala Bridge will be opened for traffic before December 15. A full-fledged medical centre with services of Allopathy, Homoeopathy and Ayurveda will be opened at Pamba on November 11 by the chief minister. District collectors have been asked to coordinate the works of various departments. More oxygen parlours will be opened on the Swamy Ayappan road with defibrillator for cardiac treatment equipped at 15 parlours. All required facilities will be put in place at hospitals connected with the pilgrim season; ambulance service will be enhanced and mobile dispensaries will be put into service and Karunya pharmacies will come up at Pamba and at the Sanidhanam. Prices will be monitored at Pamba and adjoining places. Signborad in six regional languages will be placed at bathing ghats and at 70 odd accident prone areas.

KSRTC will ensure sufficient service during the Sabarimala pilgrim season; more than 100 buses will be deployed for Nilackal-Pamba chain service; availability of drinking water, electricity will be ensured on the Swamy Ayyappan road, other forest tracks, at Pamba, Nilackal, Sannidhanam and at Erumeli.

District Collectors have been instructed to implement the Justice Harihara Verma Commission report. Enough lighting will be provided at Pulmedu, Paruthipara, Panchalimedu, Vandiperiyar and other places with Asca lights. Night-vision infrared camera's will be installed at places that require them.

The meeting also decided to sanction Rs 5 lakhs each to the district collectors and police chiefs of Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kottayam districts for meeting expenses during emergency situations.

The meeting was also attended by Secretary for Devaswom K R Jyothilal, Devaswom President M P Govindan Nair, Secretary for PWD T O Sooraj, KSEB Director M A Rauthar and other senior officials of the Devaswom Board and government departments.

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CM: MG College Case Withdrawn on Humanitarian Grounds

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After getting convinced of his innocence and in the light of getting a government job, the government decided to withdraw the case against T R Adarsh, who was one of the 17 accused persons in the MG College Case. At the time of the incidence, Adarsh was a third year degree student. Since the government could not exempt just Adarsh alone from the case, it was decided to withdraw the case. The government did so after following all required legal formalities.

Adarsh who met with a motorbike accident on 28-05-05 and sustained leg injuries, underwent treatment at the Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram and later at SP Fort Hospital. He had to undergo three surgeries and skin graft and had to spent 10 days in the ICU followed by bed rest for six months. 

After six months, Adarsh went to the college on 23-11-05, which was the day of the incident that formed the basis of the case. He came to the college with the assistance of another person to present the medical certificate, so as to get eligible for attending the exams. Following the clash between the police and the students, Adarsh stood ground unable to run and the police took him into custody along with others. The police charged 31 people in the case in which Adarsh was the 17th. Though he tried to prove his innocence in the case by producing relevant medical certificates, the police did not heed since it involved injured police personnel. Later, Adarsh got bail by producing medical certificate. Following this, the other accused too were granted bail.

Adarsh moved the High Court when the trial in the First Class Magistrate Court dragged on for seven years. A direction was given by the High Court to expedite the trial and submit the charge-sheet, following which the charge-sheet was submitted in two weeks' time.

But in 2012, Adarsh got selected to the post of police constable, but could not complete the formalities of the selection since he had mentioned about the case in the affidavit furnished as part of the selection procedure. Except Adarsh, all others in the rank-list joined and started training.

Following this, through MLA Palode Ravi, on 02-08-2012, Adarsh submitted a withdrawal application to the chief minister. The chief minister asked the principal secretary, home department to pursue the matter. The principal secretary sought report on the case from the commissioner of police Thiruvananthapuram, who in turn furnished the required pro-forma and the case details on 20-11-2012 to the principal secretary. The government also received the legal advice that there are no legal issues in withdrawing the case. Following this, the government gave the sanction for doing so.

When the application to withdraw the case came before the court, the court asked the injured police officer to respond. The police officer responded through the public prosecutor that he would abide by whatever decision the court took. Subsequently, the court gave the order for withdrawing the case on 26-10-13, paving the way for Adarsh to complete his verification as part of joining the police service.             

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CM: Make Sabarimala a National Pilgrim Centre and Support Rubber Growers

 New Delhi 16-10-2014: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted a memorandum on Kerala's 18 essential demands that needs to be addressed at the earliest.

After meeting the prime minister and union ministers, the chief minister met the media during which he said that the top concern of Kerala in the 18-point memorandum submitted to the prime minister was the crisis faced by the rubber growers in Kerala. Last year, during this season, the price of rubber was Rs 240, a kilo but now it had fallen to Rs 120. The State government procured rubber from farmers at a rate of Rs 2, which was more than the market price. But as the price fell down the government had to procure rubber at Rs 5, which was again more than the market value. CM said that the intervention of the Centre was needed to resolve the issue.

It has been mentioned in the memorandum to increase the import duty of sheet rubber and rubber products from the current 8% to 40%, thereby helping the marginal and small farmers and small-scale rubber industries of the country and also to evolve an appropriate scheme for natural rubber price stabilization/income stabilization fund to support the small and marginal farmers. It has also been mentioned that in order to arrest the price fall, import of rubber should be stopped with immediate effect.

The case of Sabarimala's development was also discussed with the prime minister. The chief minister urged the PM to take steps to declare Sabarimala as a national pilgrim centre. CM also said that the Centre had extended all help to implement the Sabarimala Master Plan.

In his meeting with the Union Minister for Environment Prakash Javadekar, the chief minister urged the Union government to issue a final notification at the earliest regarding the implementation of the Kasturirangan Report. In the report 123 villages in Kerala were declared ESA.  The Union Ministry for Environment should consider the case for issuance of the final notification with the ESAs as demarcated by the Panchayat Level Verification Committee, said the CM.

Relaxation in Coastal Regulation Zone [CRZ] was another important issue that was mentioned in the memorandum. During the course of implementing the CRZ notification, fisherman / traditional community living in the coastal areas of Kerala faced certain difficulties, which have resulted in wide public agony. Therefore the Centre must bring in relaxation to the present CRZ, the CM said.

The meeting with Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani centred on the need for the committee of the Union ministry to visit the land identified for IIT in Palakkad.

At Kerala House, the chief minister met the UGC chairman Prof Ved Prakash and the chairman of NCTE Santosh Pandey. With the UGC chairman the CM discussed the issue of closing down of the off-campus centres under the MG University. The CM said that on the basis of the court order if the centers were closed down this year, it would bring hardship to students who were in the middle of academic programmes in such centers. With the chairman of NCTE the CM discussed the court’s order to close down the 10 B.Ed Centers under the Kerala University. The chief minister said that over 1700 students were studying in those centres. These centers have proved its excellence by bagging many ranks in B.Ed exams. CM said that the legal and technical aspects regarding this should be discussed in the next general council meeting of NCT and steps taken to prevent those institutions from closure.

In his meeting with the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh the CM said that the Kuttanad and Idukki packages should be continued.

Kerala's concern on the rising prices of 108 life-saving drugs was also taken up with the prime minister. The CM urged the prime minister to intervene on the matter to which the PM responded positively.    

CM said that he had invited the Prime Minister to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the National Games to be held in Kerala. CM added that the PM had responded positively to the invitation. The President of India will attend the closing ceremony the invitation of which in the absence of the President was handed over to his office. 

Accompanying the chief minister in the meetings with the prime minister and Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani, Radha Mohan Singh and Nirmala Seetharaman were his Cabinet colleagues K M Mani, Thiruvanchor Radhakrishnan, P J Joseph, Abdu Rabb, Shibu Baby John, K Babu and V S Sivakumar 

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