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Cabinet decisions, April 16, 2014

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Government to undertake renovation of temple ponds

It has been decided to give approval in principle for undertaking the cleansing works of Padmatheertham and Mitranandapuram ponds, associated with the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The government will provide one-time financial aid for the cleansing works of the Padmatheertham pond with additional expenses to be met by the temple authorities. The revised estimate for cleansing the Padmatheertham pond is around Rs 65 lakhs. The government will take the initiative for cleansing the Mitranandapuram pond the works of which will be assigned through the Kerala Water Authority. Rs 5.65 crores will be spend for the purpose. Owing to the prevailing administrative set-up, the works pertaining to both the ponds will be brought to the attention of the Supreme Count. 

Relaxation in Model Code of Conduct

In order to ensure normal day-to-day functioning of the government, the Cabinet has decided to request the State's Chief Electoral Officer to make required relaxation in the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Briefing the media on Cabinet decisions, the Chief Minister said that in the post-poll scenario in Kerala, the prevailing Model Code of Conduct (MCC) till the day of election results will create difficulties for the people.

Other decisions

There will be a special Cabinet meeting on 22nd April and routine one on the 23rd of April.



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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

The map demarcating populated areas, agriculture lands and plantations as per the recommendations of Dr Oommen V Oommen has been published in the website (keralabiodiversity.org) of Kerala Bio Diversity Board. The map demarcates 3115 sq km from the 13,108 sq km EFL as per Kasturirangan report.
Two types of maps have been published in the website. In the first map green colour is given to the EFL and yellow colour to the rest while in the second Yellow colour is given to agriculture land, red for houses and towns, green for forest , maroon for rocky areas and barren land and blue for water bodies.
CM said that the approach of the Government is that not even an inch of private land should come under EFL and added that there is no scope for worries. CM said that if there are any changes in the mapping the same will be corrected.

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Italian mariners not to be freed without trial even if UN interferes

CM has written to the PM demanding that the Italian Mariners under trial for killing fishermen should not be sent back without trial and that India should not yield to the pressure of Italy to involve UN for the release of the mariners.
CM has sent the letter in the backdrop of the news that President of the UN general assembly John Ashe has arrived in India to intervene in the case as per the request of Italy.
The Italian mariners shot dead fishermen in a most brutal manner without any provocation. The people of Kerala are keen to know each step of the trial. CM pointed out that if the mariners are released due to the intervention of UN or any other Nation that would be a black mark to the law and order of the country and would be totally prejudistic.
It was on February 15, 2012 that the Italian mariners Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone on board Enrica Lexie shot dead two fishermen off the Kerala cost. Neendakara police registered murder case against them.
The accused approached Supreme Court since the High court approved the actions taken by the Police and the SC transferred the case to NIA. NIA reinvestigated the case and charge sheet was filed before NIA special court, the trial of which is continuing.

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April 2014

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15.04.2014

CM on Higher Education studies

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CM  on cbi enquiry

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08-04-2014

CM about BJP nomination

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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

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EFL Map published: Private lands to be evaded

Thiruvananthapuram 21-03-2014: The map demarcating populated areas, agriculture lands and plantations as per the recommendations of Dr Oommen V Oommen has been published in the website (keralabiodiversity.org) of Kerala Bio Diversity Board. The map demarcates 3115 sq km from the 13,108 sq km EFL as per Kasturirangan report. 

Two types of maps have been published in the website. In the first map green colour is given to the EFL and yellow colour to the rest while in the second Yellow colour is given to agriculture land, red for houses and towns, green for forest , maroon for rocky areas and barren land and blue for water bodies.

CM said that the approach of the Government is that not even an inch of private land should come under EFL and added that there is no scope for worries. CM said that if there are any changes in the mapping the same will be corrected.

The EFL in the villages were demarcated on the basis of the scrutiny carried out by committees in the panchayath level. The map now published will be checked by the committee using land use map with the village officer based on the survey number. People can approach this committee. The final map will be published only after checking the map given by the committee at the Panchayath level by the state level committee. 

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Italian mariners not to be freed without trial even if UN interferes

Thiruvananthapuram 21-03-2014: CM has written to the PM demanding that the Italian Mariners under trial for killing fishermen should not be sent back without trial and that India should not yield to the pressure of Italy to involve UN for the release of the mariners.

CM has sent the letter in the backdrop of the news that President of the UN general assembly John Ashe has arrived in India to intervene in the case as per the request of Italy.

The Italian mariners shot dead fishermen in a most brutal manner without any provocation. The people of Kerala are keen to know each step of the trial. CM pointed out that if the mariners are released due to the intervention of UN or any other Nation that would be a black mark to the law and order of the country and would be totally prejudistic.

It was on February 15, 2012 that the Italian mariners Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone on board Enrica Lexie shot dead two fishermen off the Kerala cost. Neendakara police registered murder case against them.

The accused approached Supreme Court since the High court approved the actions taken by the Police and the SC transferred the case to NIA. NIA reinvestigated the case and charge sheet was filed before NIA special court, the trial of which is continuing.

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Draft Notification declaring Ecologically Sensitive Area in Western Ghats in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Draft Notification declaring Ecologically Sensitive Area in Western Ghats in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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Draft notification on Kasturirangan report

19-03-2014 MATHRUBHUMI

19-03-2014 mathrubhumi

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Congress takes in criticism

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Government to face people with pride

14-03-2014 VEEKSHANAM

14-03-2014 VEEKSHANAM

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Interest in new projects: Japan Ambassador

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KERALA KAUMUDI 13-03-2014

13-03-2014 KERALA KAUMUDI

KERALA KAUMUDI 13-03-2014

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Mathrubhumi 12.03.2014

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Deepika 12.03.2014

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Sheila Dixit sworn in as Kerala Governor

sheelaThiruvananthapuram 11-03-2014: Sheila Dixit was sworn in as Kerala Governor today afternoon. She was administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan auditorium by the HC Chief Juctice Manjula Chelur.

The former Delhi Chief Minister was accorded a reception on her arrival at the airport Monday. She succeeds Nikhil Kumar, who resigned to contest Lok Sabha polls in his home state Bihar.



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123 Villages Out of ESA

cabThiruvananthapuram 11-03-2014: In the Draft Notification issued on Monday (10-03-2014) 3115 sq km from 123 villages, earlier notified as Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) in the Kasturirangan report have been exempted, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while speaking to the media here today. With this, plantations, farm lands and places of human settlements in the 123 villages of Kerala will not be part of ESA. Status quo will prevail there. As per the latest notification the ESA identified for the whole of Western Ghats has come down to 56,825 sq km from 59,940 sq km as a result of excluding 3115 sq km from Kerala.  

“This Government took all possible steps in a time bound manner to get relaxation on the Kasturirangan report, said the chief minister and added that the Draft Notification is a serious blow to those who opposed the government’s stand. When the Kasturirangan report came, an all party meeting was called on 21-10-2013 to discuss the issue as this would adversely affect many people residing in the hilly areas. The Left Democratic Front declined the invitation and the Bhratiya Janata Party that attended the meeting favoured the Gadgil committee report,” said the chief minister.

“But this government constituted an expert committee to study the shortcomings of the Kasturirangan report. This report has been accepted by the Centre and the Draft Notification has been issued on this line.

As per the direction issued on November 13, 2013, 13,108 sq km in Kerala was placed under ESA. The new Draft Notification exempted 3115 sq km from this, bringing down the total area under ESA to 9993.7 sq km. Out of this 9107 sq km is forest land and the rest 856.7 sq km comprises water bodies, rocks and grasslands. The 3115 sq km exempted comprises populated areas, farmlands and plantations.

The chief minister said that the UDF government intervened on the ESA issues in a timely manner and has allayed all fears of the people regarding the Kasturirangan report. The Central government direction issued on November 13, 2014 and meant for all six States will stand with modification made to ESA in the case of Kerala. The final notification would come into effect after two months, after taking into account the complaints of the public, if any.

As per the latest draft notification, the State government has been entrusted with the implementation and monitoring mechanism and the government will start working on it with immediate effect.



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Governor designate Sheila Dixit arrives to a rousing reception

sheelaThiruvananthapuram 10-03-2014: Governor designate Sheila Dixit was accorded a rousing reception at the airport by CM and his wife Mariyamma Oommen. Speaker G Karthikeyan, Minister Ramesh Chennithala and a number of politicians and senior government officials welcomed her.

Governor designate arrived at the technical area of the Southern Air Command was given the guard of honor.  





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Coastal regulation due to the flaw of LDF Government

coastThiruvananthapuram 10-03-2014: CM has said that the regulations of coastal zone management authority were implemented in the coastal belt of Kerala due to the grave flaw of the LDF Government. Strong steps were taken to get relaxation in the notification only after the UDF Government came to power. CM said that he hopes to get the required relaxation. He was responding to the news related to this topic that was politically motivated.

The notification that adversely affects the people living in the coastal areas was issued on January 6, 2011. The LDF Government had not submitted timely recommendations though they had several chances to submit the same before the issue of notification.

The notification before the draft was issued in April 2010. The Centre had given time till May 30 to lodge recommendations and petitions. Since there was no response the date was extended till July 15. The LDF Government still did not give any recommendation, said the CM.

Following this the draft notification was issued in September 15, 2010 and time was given till November 15 to submit recommendations. The LDF Government did not respond to it even then. But the UDF that was in the opposition submitted their recommendations and opinions regarding the same, pointed out the CM.

The State Cabinet discussed the subject on December 29, 2010, following which the Science and Technology Department received the recommendations on December 31. The same was sent to the Centre during the first week of January 2011. By then it was too late. The draft notification was issued on January 6 which had several recommendations that adversely affects the people residing in the coastal areas. CM pointed out that if the LDF Government had acted in a proactive manner the situation could have been avoided.

When the UDF Government assumed power it took steps to get relaxation. The matter was discussed in the Assembly and was brought to the attention of Centre several times. The matter was discussed in detail then Central Minister Jairam Ramesh visited Thiruvananthapuram on June 13, 2011 following which a letter was sent to his on June 18. A seven point recommendation was submitted to Central Minister Veerappa Moily on February 10, 2014.

Sanction should be given to construct sheds to keep equipments of fishermen, houses and toilets for those who are residing in coastal belt and in the banks of rivers. Sanction should be given to persons residing in these areas to construct homes in their ancestral land. The land area in the pokili farming land should be excluded from the notification for construction of homes. The banks of rivers having less than 10 mts breadth should also be excluded. 100 sq ft area should be made available for re construction of houses etc are the major recommendations.

CM also pointed out that the above mentioned relaxation is applicable only for those residing in the costal belt.  

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Veekshanam10 -03-2014

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Malayalam Version of Kasturi Rangan Report

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