Concerns of people in coastal areas would be addressed: CM
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the concerns of the people living in the coastal belt of Kerala would be addressed and their livelihood protected. He said this in his address after inaugurating the deepening works of the
"This government had stepped in to settle the concerns of the people of the high-range in the wake of the Kasturirangan Report. The same attitude will be shown by the government to understand and take care of the concerns of the people living in the coastal areas of the State," the chief minister said.
The chief minister said that the government would go by the coastal regulations only after ensuring that the people there could build houses and also continue with their livelihoods.
The deepening works of the
Minister for Ports and Fisheries K Babu was also present during the occasion.
Water Transport Projects Need of The Hour: CM
In his inaugural address after flagging off the coastal shipping service at the
"Transportation by water has become essential in the context of Kerala. The government is in the process of taking steps to promote transportation of goods by sea and inland water bodies. Kerala is the first State in
The chief minister said that the Central government was willing to allot projects if the State was ready to provide land for ports and harbours and that the offer was accepted by the State government.
Also present during the function was Minister for Ports and Fisheries K Babu.
All eligible persons to get title deeds: CM
The government intended to provide title deeds to all eligible persons in the State, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He said this while presiding over a meeting to discuss matters related to title deeds in the districts of Kottayam and Pathanamthitta.
In the meeting the chief minister made clear the government's stand of doing all that is possible for providing title deeds to the eligible and for the purpose the government will equip the officials and departments involved in the process. The chief minister said that erring officials would be severely dealt with.
Earlier, there was an impression that that the Pamba Valley region in Perunad panchayat of Pathanamthitta district falls in the region coming under the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Being the case, permission to cut trees was not given, which led to a joint inspection of the area by officials of the revenue and forest departments. But the forest officials did not sign the inspection report at that time. Now, the report has been signed by the DFO in the presence of the chief minister in today's meeting. Following this, the chief minister instructed the revenue officials to hand over the relevant documents to the forest department before November 1. The forest department in turn should give a report to the Union government. The chief minister will then discuss the matter with the Union Minister for Forests and Environment.
The chief minister also gave instruction for submitting a report to the government, after identifying eligible persons for title deeds and taking necessary steps for providing them with the same in the Erumeli, Mundakayam regions of Kottayam district and Kadumanchira, Mannadisala regions in Pathanamthitta district.
Also present in the meeting were Minister for Revenue Adoor Prakash, Government Chief Whip P C George, Members of the Legislative Assembly Sivadasan Nair, Raju Abraham and
Work on Kasaragod Medical College to Commence in January: CM
The work on medical college in Kasaragod would commence in January said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Instruction in this regard was given by the chief minister in a meeting chaired by him at the Secretariat on Kasaragod medical college and Endosulfan package.
The chief minister also asked the officials of the finance department to take appropriate steps with regard to the file dealing with the administrative sanction for the medical college. He said that Rs 25 crores from the Rs 75 crores given to Prabhakaran Commission would be sanctioned for the construction work of the medical college in Kasaragod. The chief minister also directed the officials to take necessary steps for availing financial assistance from NABARD.
Further, the chief minister also gave instructions for taking immediate measures to reinstate the incentive for doctors which had been pending for a year. The department of health will issue the required order for releasing the incentive from NRHM at the earliest. Since the order needs to be approved by the finance department owing to current circumstances, it will be done so at the earliest.
The meeting also decided to issue an order for reappointing 75 persons working as part of the Endosulfan package in Kasaragod. The reappointment order will be for a period from November 1 to December 31. For extending their appointment to 2015 March 31, the file concerned will be submitted immediately for the approval of the finance department.
The meeting was also attended by ministers P K Kunhalikutty, K M Mani, K P Mohanan, M K Muneer and V S Sivakumar.
Cabinet briefing, Oct 29, 2014
Government for Stringent Control of Flex Usage
Briefing the media today on Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government has decided to implement the Cabinet sub-committee report on checking the use of flex boards in the State. The sub-committee comprising minister Aryadan Mohammed, Manjalamkuzhi Ali and Tiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has recommended stringent control regarding the use of flex boards, but at the same time, the interests of those engaged in the production of flex boards will be taken into account.
The government intends to control the usage of flex boards in a phased manner, instead of going for an immediate ban on its usage.
The sub-committee has recommended the following:
1. Flex boards will not be used for advertisements and publicity purposes at any place without prior sanction. Local self-government bodies will have to take steps to remove all illegally placed flex boards.
2. Flex boards will not be used for government functions. This will be applicable to all government establishments.
3. Flex boards will not be allowed at public places without obtaining special sanction. Sanction will also be not given for flex boards that will result in traffic obstruction.
4. All advertisements, notices and flex boards fixed on electric posts will be removed. Metal claddings will be erected around electric posts and advertisements allowed on it after charging a fee for the display. For the purpose the government has entrusted Clean Kerala Company to do the needful. The ownership of the electric posts will continue to remain with KSEB. Those interested in having theirs advertisements on these posts should approach Clean Kerala Company directly. Advertisements will be allowed based on the company's terms and conditions.
5. Advertisements should carry the period allowed, applicant's name and license number given as part of the sanction obtained from the local self-government bodies. This condition will be included in the law concerned.
6. Flex boards can only be displayed at places allowed for the purpose. Those at places not allowed for display, prohibited areas and flex boards displayed even after the permitted period will be removed. Those involved in such cases will not be given permission again to display flex boards.
7. The responsibility to return the flex boards for reuse to the establishment that has given the advertisement or to the printing agency will be that of the advertising agency or the agency that has placed the flex board. This should be done on expiry of the period of the advertisement displayed.
8. Flex boards and banners with wood or pipe frames and intended for display on the wayside should not be displayed by nailing them on shade trees. Sanction will not be given to displays on road dividers and those blocking the vision of drivers.
9. Flex boards and banners collected by local self-government bodies should be handled based on the rules prescribed in the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011.
The government has made an appeal to all political parties and the public to cooperate with the initiatives of the government in pollution control and in avoiding flex banners and other advertisement materials. The government has also urged all to come forward for adopting environment-friendly and legal means for advertisement and publicity campaigns.
Cabinet suggests ways for resolving issues of Endosulfan victims
The unresolved issues of Endosulfan victims in Kasaragod district were taken up for discussion by the Cabinet. Ministers for finance, industry, agriculture and social justice came up with suggestions to address the issues, which were later approved by the Cabinet. Among the priorities in Kasaragod for the government is to set up a medical college and hospital for which the land has been identified and foundation stone laid. A loan of Rs 150 crores will be taken from NABARD of which Rs 64 crores will be released this year and the remaining Rs 86 crores in 2016. The government will also sanction Rs 25 crores from the Endosulfan package. KITCO has been entrusted with the construction of the medical college and hospital.
Ordinance for Kerala Maritime Board
Cabinet has given approval to the modified ordinance on the formation of the Kerala Maritime Board. Government will request the governor to issue the ordinance. It was in 31-10-2012 that the Cabinet had decided to request the governor to issue an ordinance for the Kerala Maritime Board by merging the Department of Ports, Kerala State Maritime Development Corporation Limited and Kerala Maritime Society. The move also warranted the permission of the President of India, which was finally given on 22-10-2014. In between, the suggestions received from the Central government were also taken into account and required changes made in the ordinance draft. The government has now sent this draft for the governor's assent. The Kerala Maritime Board is being formed for the management and control of minor ports in the State.
Land for Transport Services at Technopark
The government has decided to give 1.83 acres of land at Technopark for transportation needs like building of bus stations, bus bays and terminals, which can be used by public and private transport.
Mental health centre staff to be made permanent
The 126 hospital attendants who are currently working on contract basis in various posts at the Mental Health Centre at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram will be made permanent. They joined in 1998, 2000 and 2001 as daily wagers and were later made as contract staff in 2011.
Calendar Holidays in 2015
The government has decided the calendar holidays for the year 2015. The birthdays of Mannathu Padmanabhan and Ayyankali have been included as holidays with restrictive holiday on Viswakarma Day.
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GAIL Project For Future Development: CM
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has cited the GAIL Domestic Gas Project as a significant one in the future development course of Kerala. He said this while addressing the media after a meeting convened to resolve the project related issues with the people's representatives.
The chief minister said that the Ernakulam City Gas Project would be implemented as part of the GAIL Gas Project for domestic consumption. Tender regarding this would be finalized in November this year. And the city gas project meant for providing cooking gas to houses and flats would commence as soon as the required notification from the Union Petroleum ministry was obtained, the chief minister added.
Everyone would be taken into confidence before implementing the project. The government would take into account the concerns put forward by the people's representatives from the project area. An earlier suggestion was to implement the project via the
According to the chief minister, if circumstances warrant, the current alignment would be changed. The government was in possession of many suggestions with regard to the compensation for the land acquired for the project and it was willing to take a lenient stand on that regard. The land acquired for the project would remain as the property of the owner and GAIL would only enjoy the right of usage. While other States gave up to 10% as compensation, Kerala was ready to give compensation of up to 50%, he added.
A final decision regarding the alignment of the project and the compensation for the acquired land will be decided in subsequent meetings. People's opinion will also be considered and necessary changes will be made in the decisions.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Industries P K Kunhalikutty, Minister for Power Aryadan Mohammed, MLAs from the project area, panchayat presidents and representatives of Petronet and GAIL.
Meeting Held To Resolve Kozhikode Varsity Issues
KSDPL Ensured of Financial Assistance for Drug Production
Job will be ensured for returning expatriate nurses: CM
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that all expatriate nurses who had returned to Kerala would be ensured of jobs. He said this while presiding over a meeting to discuss the issues of nurses who have returned from abroad due to war and conflicts. The meeting was convened by the Minister for Non-resident Keralites' Affairs K C Joseph at the chief minister's conference hall.
As part of the measures to ensure jobs to nurses, three categories will be formed viz. registered nurses, patient aide / practical nurses and those interested to take up jobs in
Training for the nurses will be provided by NMC Healthcare (SUT Pattom) and the examination fees required will have to be borne by the candidates. The government will make arrangements with banks for meeting the course fee. A meeting of expatriate nurses who have returned to Kerala following the threats emanating from war has been called, which will be held on 18 November at 11 a.m. at the Olympia Hall in Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Decision regarding matters including the option will be taken at this meeting.
Kozhikode MC: CM instructs to submit redeployment of records in a week
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who chaired a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram to resolve issues pertaining to
As a practical move, the chief minister pointed out that because of restrictions on post creation those found in excess under the DME were transferred and posted in appropriate vacant posts. The chief minister said that similar move would have to be followed at the earliest.
The next Cabinet meeting will discuss and decide upon the working fund for the district mental healthcare project. A portion of the Rs 30 crores sanctioned by the Union government for
The meeting also decided to take measures for creating posts so as to make them effective by April 1, 2015 and to give them sanction this year itself.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Health and Devaswom V S Sivakumar, Minister for Panchayats and Social Justice Dr M K Muneer and Members of Parliament M K Raghavan, E T Muhammed Bashir, MLA A Pradeep and Principal Secretary Health Dr K Elangovan.
Coordinate Efforts To Realize Public Health Protection Agency: CM
Kerala could take the credit for its physical quality of life that has become a benchmark for others States. But we still need to have our departments and efforts to converge for creating an impact on the overall public health management. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said this in his address after inaugurating the one-day national symposium on 'Public Health Interventions - The Need for Convergence' at the Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram.
The health issues arising out of communicable diseases, especially during the monsoon period, the health challenges triggered by lack of proper solid waste management, lifestyle diseases, mental illnesses and health concerns of the elderly population, all warrant the coordinated efforts of various government agencies, backed by successful and sustainable models, the chief minister said.
The chief minister also said that the national symposium organized by the Department of Health would come up with valuable thoughts and suggestions that could be considered before giving final shape to the proposed Public Health Protection Agency. He also said that Kerala was delighted to have the presence of so many national, state-level experts, including the officials of World Health Organization as part of the national symposium.Also present during the inaugural function were the Minister for Health V S Sivakumar, Minister for Water Resources P J Joseph, Minister for Panchayat and Social Justice and Principal Secretary Health Dr K Elangovan.
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