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Free land for former Hockey Player Sakuntala
Thiruvananthapuram 01-03-2016: A government order has been issued to avail 3 cents of land for constructing house to the former hockey player from Kerala, Sakuntala. The land will be given free of cost. The land is at Pazhayakunnumel village in Chirayankil taluk.
Sakuntala was the vice captain of the state hockey team in 1978 and was also a member of the Kerala hockey team that won the sub junior championship in 1976 in Gwalior. The land has been issued as she is a sportsperson who performed excellently for the state and also falls under the income limit as prescribed by the laws.
First phase of Karamana- Kaliyikkavila road inaugurated
Thiruvananthapuram 01-03-2016: CM has said that this government has worked with the aim of fulfilling its motto- Development and Care. He was inaugurating the first phase of Karamana- Kaliyikkavial road that was completed from Karamana to Pravachambalam. It is a matter of pride that the first phase of the project could be inaugurated. All projects will be completed in a time bound manner, said the CM and added that 100 bridges could be opened within 400 days. CM also said that this government works taking into consideration the need of the people.
Ministers VS Sivakumar, VK Ibrahim Kunju, Speaker and others were also present.
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‘Kunjunju Kathakal – 2’ released
Thiruvananthapuram 01-03-2016: Kunjoonju Kathakal-2: Oommen Chandyyude Narma Sandarbhangal, a hilarious account of his experiences, written by his Press Secretary PT Chacko was released by actor Madhu by handing over a copy to former bureaucrat D Babu Paul.
The book has been written in a vivid and interesting format of presentation, the collection is not mere jokes but gives a peep into the life around the CM, and how he stays connected with the common man and his umbilical chord like relationship with the people of Puthupally.
MP Veerendra Kumar presided over the function. MV Sreyams Kumar MLA and others were also present.
Kerala ignored in Central Budget
Thiruvananthapuram 29-02-2016: CM has registered his strong protest as Kerala has been totally ignored in the Central Budget presented today in the Parliament.
Kerala expected Central help in the agriculture sector as the state has been going through hard times. The expectation that 1000 crore would be set aside for rubber farmers has been shattered. Moreover the budget allocation for rubber board has also been reduced.
Though the State Government took steps to identify land for AIMS on the assurance of the Centre, there was no mention regarding the same in the budget. Sabarimala was also not declared a national pilgrimage centre. No projects were declared for the Pravasis who are returning due to the financial difficulties in the gulf region. The demand of the state to declare a special package for the aadivasis in Wayanad district was also not considered. CM also pointed out that there has been a considerable decline in the budget share for different Central projects and public sector undertaking in the state.
കേന്ദ്രബജറ്റില് കേരളത്തെ അവഗണിച്ചു: മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി
കേരളത്തെ പൂര്ണമായി അവഗണിച്ചുകൊണ്ടുള്ള കേന്ദ്ര ബജറ്റില് മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ഉമ്മന് ചാണ്ടി ശക്തമായി പ്രതിഷേധിച്ചു.
കേരളത്തിന്റെ കാര്ഷിക മേഖല പ്രതിസന്ധിയിലൂടെ കടന്നുപോകുമ്പോള്, കേരളം ഏറെ പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെ കേന്ദ്രസഹായം പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ചിരുന്നു. വിലത്തകര്ച്ച നേരിടുന്ന റബര് കര്ഷകര്ക്ക് 1000 കോടി രൂപ വിലയിരുത്തുമെന്ന പ്രതീക്ഷ അസ്ഥാനത്തായി. റബര് ബോര്ഡിന്റെ ബജറ്റ് വിഹിതം കുറയ്ക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. കേന്ദ്ര സര്ക്കാരിന്റെ ഉറപ്പിന്മേല് എയിംസിനായി ഭൂമി കണ്ടെത്തുന്നത് ഉള്പ്പെടെയുള്ള നടപടികള് സംസ്ഥാന സര്ക്കാര് എടുത്തെങ്കിലും പ്രഖ്യാപനം ഉണ്ടായില്ല. ശബരിമലയെ ദേശീയ തീര്ത്ഥാടനകേന്ദ്രമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുമെന്ന വാഗ്ദാനം പാഴ്വാക്കായി. ഗള്ഫിലെ സാമ്പത്തിക പ്രതിസന്ധിമൂലം മടങ്ങിവരുന്ന പ്രവാസികള്ക്ക് കൈത്താങ്ങ് ആവശ്യമാണെങ്കിലും അതും ഉണ്ടായില്ല. വയനാട്ടിലെ ആദിവാസികള്ക്ക് പ്രത്യേക പാക്കേജ് പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കണമെന്ന സംസ്ഥാന സര്ക്കാരിന്റെ ആവശ്യവും പരിഗണിക്കപ്പെട്ടില്ല. കേരളത്തിലെ പൊതുമേഖലാ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങള്ക്കും വിവിധ കേന്ദ്രപദ്ധതികള്ക്കുമുള്ള ബജറ്റ് വിഹിതത്തില് ഗണ്യമായ കുറവാണുണ്ടായതെന്നും മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടി.
Kannur gets wings
Kannur 29-02-2016: Marking a milestone in the development of northern Malabar the first test flight landed on the runway at Kannur Airport at 9.06 am today. The touching down of the pilot flight also saw the formal completion of an important phase in the construction of the airport, which is considered to be the biggest in the state. The airport is expected to be commercially operational in September.
For the test, a Dornier 228 from Bengaluru landed on the runway. The plane can carry 10 passengers and the landing would help assess technical aspects of the runway. After the landing, the public function was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Minister K Babu presided over the function.
CM said the airport would speed up the growth of tourism and handloom industries of the northern part of Kerala.
Ministers K C Joseph, K Babu and K P Mohanan were among those present at the event.
"People will rebuff with contempt those who oppose growth.... the thousands who came to witness the function is a clear pointer to this," CM said.
The Chief Minister said the opposition has the right to criticise but people would not approve their stand of stalling development activities.
The fourth commercial airport in Kerala, Kannur airport would also be the most advanced in terms of technology and the largest in the state.
Located at Moorkhanparambu in Mattanur, the airport is spread over 2,200 acres. The runway is 3,050 metres long, which would be extended later to 4,000 metres.
About 2,400 metres of the runway has been completed and the first phase of construction is expected to cost about Rs 1,892 crore. Construction of about 65 per cent of the terminals has been completed while 80 per cent of the air traffic control tower has been completed.
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Kunjoonju Stories - Part II
President dedicates U.L Cyber Park, Gender Park, Digital Campaign and Kanivu Projects to the State
Kozhikode 27-02-2016: President Pranab Mukherjee today dedicated U.L Cyber Park, Gender Park, Digital Campaign and Kanivu Projects to the State. Governor, CM , Ministers PK Kunhalikutty, MK Muneer,MPs and MLAs were also present.
President said that the development achieved by Kerala in the past years is commendable. Kerala stands ahead of other states especially in the field of education, health, women empowerment etc. The standard of living in Kerala matches to the standard of many developed countries said the President ad added that Kerala started the e learning process. Akshaya Project, IT at School and e district project of the government has made it possible for the people to get different services at a faster rate.
Digital empowerment project started at Thiruvananthapuram is being implemented across the state by the Government. This can be seen as a step to make Kerala having a total digitalized society by 2020. The first IT park at Malappuram a dream has been realized through UL Cyber Park, said the President. Gender park is yet another novel project that would reap enormous results in women empowerment. Kanivu project would give help to the marginalized.
CM said that Development and Care are the two slogans which the government glued together. Out of the 4 projects inaugurated here today two come under development and two under care. CM made it clear that the state did achieve a great leap in the IT sector in the past five years.
President Pranab Mukherjee inauguraes the bicentenary celebrations of CMS College
Kottayam 26-02-2016: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday inaugurated the bicentenary celebrations of CMS College here and also laid the foundation stone of the bicentenary block. "This college is a pioneer of modern education in Kerala and is the second oldest college in the country, after the Presidency College of Kolkata, to continuously impart higher education without a break. Starting with 40 students in its 1818 batch, it today has 2400 students, 150 teachers and 60 ministerial staff," said the president.
Terming Kerala as a pioneer and path-breaker in many fields, the President said, “Kerala has achieved universal literacy and total primary education. However, the State’s success in the field of literacy and school education has not been matched by achievements in higher education. The time has come for Kerala to show its mettle by becoming a world leader in this field.”
Over the years, CMS College has attracted distinguished faculty with unswerving commitment to their profession. At the same time, students of the college have distinguished themselves in various fields, achieving distinction in academics as well as cultural/sports activities.
“The history and achievements of CMS College are a matter of legitimate pride for not only its students, faculty members and administrators, but also to the entire Kerala. There is, however, little room for complacency. Higher education is the key to making available a large pool of skilled manpower essential for our economic development,” he said, adding that if India wanted to become a front-ranking nation, a robust education system was the only way ahead.
The President also unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the 200th anniversary of the college. Mr Oommen Chandy announced the special heritage status accorded to the college by the University Grants Commission. He said that the college was the epitome of modern education in the state.
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Protection for backward classes 27-02-2016
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Sanction for Vizhinjam Rehabilitation Package
Sanction for Vizhinjam Rehabilitation Package
The Cabinet has given sanction for the Vizhinjam Rehabilitation Package. Compensation will be given for the number of workdays lost for persons in the project area. Rs 23.80 crore have been sanctioned for the first phase of the rehabilitation package.
The compensation would go to owners engaged in karamadi fishing, inactive karamadi owners, fishermen and pensioners who have been identified through location and records verification in Kottappuram / Kadappum region and to those involved in shell and lobsters and pensioners in the Mulloor /
Rs Two lakhs would be provided as compensation to those collecting shells without using catamaran, whose income is only one-sixth of those collecting shells by using catamaran. Rs Two lakhs would also be given to those who come from nearby coastal areas of Mulloor to the Vizhinjam project area for collecting shells for a month in a year. Those assisting in the tying of catamaran and selling shells and lobsters would be given a compensation of Rs One lakh.
As per the rehabilitation package, Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited has been entrusted with the disbursal of providing compensation from the amount allocated for Vizhinjam in the Budget to those losing their livelihood permanently. Money disbursed for rehabilitation would be credited to bank accounts or given as crossed cheques. The equipment belonging to beneficiaries coming under the rehabilitation package would be auctioned by Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited after preparing a mahzar under the supervision of members of the sub-committee.
Information Kerala Mission Restructured
The staff structure of Information Kerala Mission (IKM) has been restructured into three divisions of Research and Development, Operation and Maintenance and Human Resource. There will also be sub-divisions like Research and Logistics, Software Development, Testing and Quality Control, Help Desk and Grievance Cell.
Appointments to key posts will be done through deputation, direct and promotion. Staff will be categorized into professional, technical and non-technical. Of the 54 appointed in the Research and Development Wing, 40 will be appointed in Software Development. Those on daily-wage and consolidated pay will be maintained.
A pay-scale of Rs 8730 to 40,640 has been recommended for various posts. Pay-scales, D.A., H.R.A. and other benefits on the lines of government employees will be allowed.
0.25% of plan funds of village, municipality and corporations; 0.10% of the plan fund of district panchayats and block panchayats will be given as the work-fund of IKM, which would come to Rs 10 crore. Rs 10 crore has been earmarked in the Budget. Rs 2 crore can be generated through consultancy. The Rs 22 crore thus generated would be used for salary and other activities of IKM and there will be no additional commitment for the government.
State Regulatory Board for Senior Citizens
The government has decided to form a State Regulatory Board to safeguard the rights of senior citizens. The chairman of the proposed board will be former Additional Advocate General V K Beeran and will have advocates Hassan and V N Jayaraj as members. Orders pertaining to service and pay of the chairman and members and office set-up will be released later.
Cancer Institute and Research Centre
31 posts have been sanctioned to start OP unit in the first phase of the Cancer Institute and Research Centre being set up at the
State Organ Transplant Project
The government has approved the draft MoU to be signed between
Necessary fund will be made available from Major Infrastructure Development Fund to undertake land acquisition for the development of
Members of the staff who wish to continue in the panchayath service in the 39 panchayaths that were converted to municipalities will be redeployed. If anyone opts for Municipal service they will be given posting in the same.