07-03 METRO MANORAMA
07-03 METRO MANORAMA
Cabinet Decisions 05-03-2014
Coconut Neera Board formed
The Cabinet has decided to form Coconut Neera Board, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy while briefing the media on Cabinet decisions. With the initiative of Coconut Development Board 173 federations have been formed, out of which license has been given to 14 to tap Neera. Further licenses will be given based on regional requirement, which will be issued by the Excise department. Issuing of license and administration will come under the purview of the Excise department, while the management of federations will be taken care of by the Agriculture department.
Rs 15 crore has been earmarked in the financial year that end on March 31, 2014 for Neera production. Out of this budget allocation Rs 1.85 crore has been sanctioned for Agriculture University for the production and development of Neera. The Rs 13.2 crores unspent will be utilized by giving 50% grant to 11 Neera producing companies, subject to a maximum of Rs 1.5 crores. Neera is bound to enhance the income of our farmers, the chief minister opined.
Amendments to EFL Land Acquirement Conditions
“All aspects pertaining to acquisition of land in connection with EFL will be examined. Even it was a pattayam land; it will be acquired only after giving appropriate compensation,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. With this approach, the government has decided to give back land acquired (below 2 hectares) to the owners. If this is not possible owing to necessities of protecting the forest land, then compensation will be given to the owners.
Under EFL, in cases of land acquired above 2 hectares and up to 15 acres, the land owners will be compensated with 2 hectares of land. Wherever this is not possible, compensation will be given. Wherever land belonging to the tribal people has been acquired, the same will be given back. However, if their habitat is getting affected due to the EFL laws, then it will be resolved.
Further land acquisition under EFL can only be done with the sanction of the government. The changes made by the State government to the EFL stipulations need to be ratified by the Central government.
Government to take up liabilities of Perumbavoor Rayons
Government has decided in principle to revive the Perumbavoor Rayons which has remained closed for years. Heeding to the appeal of the trade unions and workers, the government has decided to take over the land as part of the revival package, which also includes meeting the liabilities amounting to Rs 71 crores due to bank loans, salary dues, EPF etc. Subject to High Court order, the land of Perumbavoor Rayons will be handed over to KINFRA.
12 posts have been sanctioned at Vadakara district hospital.
19 posts sanctioned at Malappuram Taluk hospital.
Five new fire stations would come up on government owned lands at Vithura, Pathanapuram, Pattimattom, Kodungaloor and Peermedu.
Nursing assistants who have completed 10 years of service in the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram have been regularized.
One-time settlement in Kerala State Housing Board extended up to 30-04-2016.
Sanction has been accorded to start a cattle-feed unit at Arikuzhi in Idukki District. The Rs 66.6 crore unit will have a capacity to produce 500 tons of cattle-feed.
Teachers’ posts have been regularized in three aided engineering colleges as per AICTE norms. These colleges are Mar Athanasius Kothamangalam (127), NSS Palakkad (130) and TKM Kollam (166).
It has been decided to give postings to all doctors in the PSC list for postings in the Health Service. Since many of the posts would remain vacant even after filling of vacancies from the PSC list, the government has decided to give extension of six months service to doctors will retire from service. The decision comes owing to the upcoming preventing health measures to check contagious diseases.
Sanction has been given for the Rs 323 crore extension work of Kochi Metro from Pettah to Tripunithura.
Government has taken an in-principle decision to give exemption on State government VAT as part of the revival package for FACT, the efforts of which are currently on. The decision on VAT-linked assistance will be taken later.
A flyover will be built at Padinjarekotta junction in Thrissur town under BOT annuity scheme by Kerala Road Fund Board. Administrative sanction has been given for this work, estimated at Rs 38 crores.
As there are only limited schools for the education of SC/ ST students in Kerala, the government has felt the need to upgrade the lower primary school under Prathyaksha Raksha Daiva Sabha (PRDS) at Amara in Changanasseri to upper primary. The government upper primary school at Mamalakandi at Kothamangalam in Ernakulam District, having a predominance of tribal people will be upgraded to high school. It has also been decided to start three aided arts and science
colleges; one at Kuriyottu Mala in Kollam District under KPMS; at Amara near Changanasseri under PRDS and at Vandoor in Malappuram District, managed by Indira Gandhi Memorial Society
Three arts and science colleges has been sanctioned at Kuriyottumala in Kollam under the management of KPMS ,Thamara in Changanaserry under PRDS and Vandoor in Malappuram under Indira Gandhi Memorial Society. 4 courses each has been sanctioned in each of these colleges. Four courses will be started in each of the three colleges.
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Government for interest free loans to farmers
Thiruvananthapuram 04-03-2014: CM has said that the Government aims to create a situation where the farmers are able to avail interest free loans. He was speaking after inaugurating the state level distribution of Agri cards to farmers at VJT hall here today. Loans are an integral part of agriculture sector. That should be made available at the right time and at a low interest rate. The interest of NABARD is comparatively low. For those who pay back the loan in correct time, due to the incentives provided by the Central and State Government the loans become interest free. Central and State Governments are giving 3% and 4% incentives respectively. If this could be centralized then the loans can be availed interest free.
Now the situation is such that the farmer does not have any role in fixing the price of agriculture commodities. This depends on various agencies and other factors. Due to this situation a liberal approach should be taken in granting loans to farmers. Interest free loans can be made available through measures sanctioned by Central- State governments.
CM said that steps will be taken to bring in changes so as to avail interest free loans to farmers in consultation with Central Government. Agri Card is an initiative of Agriculture Department to give better service to farmers at the right time and in a more efficient manner.
Ministers KP Mohanan, KM Mani, V S Sivakumar, Central Minister Kodukunnil Suresh, PC Vishnunath MLA and others were present.
Special Schools to get Aided Status-Cabinet Decisions 04-03-2014
Special Schools to get Aided Status
The government has decided to make 277 special schools meant for the education of mentally challenged students and managed by private groups to aided schools, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said while briefing the Cabinet decisions to the media. Of the total 278 such schools, one is already managed by the government. To begin with about 40 schools with a minimum student-strength of 100 would get the aided status. In future, the criterion of minimum 100 students will be reduced, the chief minister added.
“In our State, we have made education expense of students up to the higher secondary level totally free. It is high time that we should also give similar privilege to the mentally challenged students,” the chief minister said.
Apart from these schools there are many BUDS Special Schools under the Social Justice Department in Kerala. The government has decided to provide the teachers and other staff of these schools with more than 100 students, salary and other allowance on a par with those in aided schools. The teachers and non-teaching staff of those special schools that cannot get aided status will be given Rs 1600 per month as allowance.
Direction given to banks to stop attachment of property
In the wake of the impending drought situation in the State the Cabinet has given direction to cooperative banks to stop the proceedings of attaching the properties of those who have defaulted their agriculture and educational loans of up to Rs 3 lakhs till 30 June 2014. Nationalized and scheduled banks will be directed to stop attachment proceedings for loans up to Rs 5 lakhs.
40 Pharmacists Grade 2 posts have been created in the Health Department.
The proposals of the Finance department regarding the pay and service conditions pertaining to the members of the 10th Pay Commission has be approved.
All steps needed to start functioning of medical college in Idukki District next year have been taken. Sanction has been accorded for the creation of 31 teaching and 16 non-teaching staff required to get recognition for the medical college.
Rs 8.25 crore sanctioned for the renovation of some of the facilities, including the conference hall in the High Court complex.
Decision on the recommendations of the Kerala State Coconut Development Cooperation regarding further expansion of Neera-based products will be taken in tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting.
04-03-2014 KERALA KAUMUDI
04-03-2014 KERALA KAUMUDI
CM instructs to remove garbage immediately
Thiruvananthapuram 03-03-2014: CM has given instruction to the irrigation department to remove garbage from the drain at Kakkazham in Ambalappuzha taluk before March 10. CM said that the present situation of the place should change and that the flow of drain should be made smooth by disposing the garbage thereby providing relief to the year old problems of the people there.
In the meeting convened in his chamber the CM said that instruction has been given to the Alappuzha district panchayath to handover the required amount to remove waste from the drain to irrigation department. The step is being taken to remove the waste before the commencement of SSLC exam. There have been incidents of children in nearby schools fainting because of inhaling the bad smell from the drain. CM convened the meeting as per the request of Central Minister KC Venugopal.
The meeting has also decided to give administrative sanction for the Rs 16.6 crore project of irrigation department to renovate the drain. From now on license will only be given to peeling sheds that have facility for garbage treatment.
Central Minister KC Venugopal and others were present at the meeting.
Dial- a- doctor project inaugurated
Thiruvananthapuram 03-03-2014: CM today inaugurated Dial -a- doctor project of Health department which facilitate public to seek health-related advice over phone round-the-clock from doctors and life style disease diagnosis project.
CM said that this facility which helps people to seek health-related advice over phone is a major step in the Health sector. This facility that was available only for the VIPs and persons of upper strata is being extended to common people by the Government. CM said that the cooperation of doctors is needed to give better treatment to people.
A person can dial 1056 and avail the advice of doctors especially regarding first aid, vaccination and health problems. 7-8 doctos will be on line at a time. 74 specialized doctors constitute the group.
Minister VS Sivakumar, K Muraleedharan MLA and others were present.
Works of bypasses would be expedited
Thiruvananthapuram 03-03-2014: CM said that the works of bypasses in the state would be expedited and added that efforts are being taken to complete the works of bypasses with the help of National Highway India Authority a fast manner. He was inaugurating the distribution of compensation to persons related to the development of Kazhakootam- Karodu National Highway.
The works of Kazhakootam bypass was only completed in a fast manner. The works of Kollam, Alappuzha, and Kozhikode bypasses needs to be completed. The works of Kozhikode- Cherthala highway could be tendered on a 50:50 basis. CM said that steps are being taken to complete the works of bypasses in a time bound manner.
Minister VS Sivakumar, Shashi Tharoor MP and others were present.
CM inaugurates renovated Sasthamangalam- Edapazhinji road
Thiruvananthapuram 03-03-2014: CM has today said that the Peroorkada Sasthamangalam – Edapazhinji road is the realization of coordinated effort. He added that the efforts of MLA K Muraleedharan, MP Shashi Tharoor and officials of PWD are a model for the state. He was inaugurating the renovated Sasthamangalam- Edapazhinji road.
The specialty of this road is that this is the first one to be completed through e tendering process. Monorail, Bypasses at Kazhakootam and Neyyatinkara would be additional achievements for the state. Uninterrupted drinking water supply and development of basic infrastructure would change the face of city. CM said that the Government aims to live up to the expectations of the people.
Minister VS Sivakumar, Shashi Tharoor MP, K Muraleedharan MLA and others were present.
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Will totally protect toddy tapping industry
Kottayam 02-03-02014: CM has said that the toddy tapping industry would be protected totally. He was inaugurating the Neera launching ceremony and sales of value added products at BMC College auditorium here today. The production of Neera will not affect toddy tapping industry, said CM and added that all allowances will be made available to those who are indulged in traditional toddy tapping.
The approach of the Government is such that encouragement is given to the byproducts of coconut. Government will give all possible support to this. The amount set aside in the budget for Neera will in no way be lost. Decision in this matter will be taken next Tuesday, said the CM.
Marketing strategies regarding Neera is under consideration. Enquiry has been made for 3 items. CM distributed license for 14 districts.
Ministers K Babu, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLAs and others were present.