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Hectic day for CM in Delhi

HONBLE_CM__INew Delhi 24-07-2014: It was another hectic day for CM at Delhi. Starting from 9 in the morning till 5:30 in the evening, CM met 5 Central Ministers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, vice President Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony.

CM met Central Ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Arun Jaitely, Sushama Swaraj and Nitin Gadgari .

CM met Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and thanked her for sanctioning IIT. Kendriya Vidyalaya was allotted at Pathanamthitta. State government has given 6.5 acres for this. CM said that the work of the same should be completed as soon as possible. In Kerala the educational sector is facing second generation problems. The Minister appreciated CM for the Student Entrepreneurship Programme. She said to CM that the ideas of student entrepreneurs will be considered at the Central level as well.

CM met Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to discuss issues related with costal protection act. A letter was given to him by CM to resolve issues that have erupted due to implementation of this law. Poor fishermen are in no way to construct homes or to carry out maintenance works. The Central Minister took a lenient approach to this issue. Sanction of the department has been sought for the renovation of Sasthamkotta Lake and also sought Central help to relocate persons who are trapped in the forest. 800 such families are trapped in the forest. The first phase of this project has been completed. Help has been sought for follow up activities and for forest conservation.

CM told the Central Minister Arun Jaitely to implement package which would help Kerala to overcome financial deficit. CM brought to his attention that Center’s help was already sanctioned for this. CM also said that since the implementation of income tax for investment in the cooperative sector would  shatter the sector, it should be withdrawn.

Help has also been sought for viability gap fund for vizhinjam project. The amount alloted for Kochi metro by the Centre is Rs 879 crores but in the budget only 462 crores has been allocated. As the work is being completed in a time bound manner, CM said to the minister that the pending amount should also be sanctioned this financial year.

CM discussed the issues of persons residing in other countries with Minister Sushama Swaraj. Nine persons including three keralites are in prison in Somalia. The previous Government had taken steps to bring them back. The ship that is held up in Dubai also has malayalees in it. Steps should also be taken to bring them back.

CM also handed over the report of police that the person arrested in Abudabi for smuggling narcotic is innocent. He was trapped by certain persons. He handed over the report to the Minister Sushama Swaraj to inform Abudabi Government about this.

CM also demanded the Centre to take steps to bring the dead bodies of two malayalees who died in Afghanistan and also to give help to the 408 students who returned due to the civil war in Ukrain to continue their studies.

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CM inaugurates State level Ramzan- Onam Metro People’s Bazar

ramzan_onamThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: CM today inaugurated the State level Ramzan- Onam Metro People’s Bazar at Putharikandom ground. CM said that Government aims to provide essential food items to people at a low price through the bazaar.

Ministers Anoop Jacob, KP Mohanan, VS Sivakuamr and others were also present.

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Maveli stores will be opened in all panchayaths

maveliThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: It has been decided to start Onam- Ramzan fairs till the Taluk level. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by CM held in the conference hall. CM has also given instruction to start Maveli stores in all panchayaths in a meeting with representatives of Supplyco, Consumer Fed and Horticorp in the presence of Ministers KM Mani, Anoop Jacob and KP Mohanan.

58 metro fairs have been started including Ruppluco Ramzan fair out of which metro fair will be extended till Onam. As a second stage, fairs will be conducted at district levels from August 13 and at taluk levels from 20th. Supplyco is conducting 1500 Onam fairs. CM has given instruction that cooperation of supplyco should be ensured in maximum number of fairs.

BPL kits will be distributed during Onam. Decision regarding introduction of new items in kits will be taken after discussions. Supplyco, Consumerfed and Horticorp have demanded Rs 120 crore, 60 and 20 respectively for market intervention. CM has given instruction to departments to check whether centralized purchase can be done this year. CM pointed out that this would help to reduce price and to ensure quality of goods.

CM has given instruction to Minister Anoop Jacob to start permanent Maveli stores in those 55 panchayaths that does not have one after Onam.

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Paddy procurement: Amount to be given to farmers correctly from September

paddyThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: The meeting chaired by CM has decided to give the amount of procured paddy to the farmers correctly from next September. All arrears till now have been cleared. Government wishes to give the amount to farmers as and when the paddy is procured from them.  The same will be discussed with NABARD and Cooperative banks. Supplyco has been directed to prepare an action plan regarding this. Proposal should be submitted to Government soon.

Ministers KP Mohanan and Anoop Jacob were also present.

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Book on Right to Service released

sevanamThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: CM today released the book on Right to Service published by Information and Public Relations department. CM released the book by handing it over to Media person Sanu. Minister KC Joseph was also present. The book consists of the services that are rendered by the Government as per Right to Service Act 2012.

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Sanctioning permit to private buses: CM takes the responsibility

cabinetThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: CM speaking to the media after the Cabinet briefing said that it is most unfortunate that the Transport Minister has been targeted in connection with sanctioning permit for private buses. CM said that this order was issued when he was the CM in 2006. Since then this system was in vogue. The previous government has not taken any action against this.

As part of preparation of a package for KSRTC this order was suspended temporarily. On the basis of persistent request from people and elected representatives, the Cabinet has discussed and taken the decision to sanction permit.

CM also said that the government is committed to protect the interest of KSRTC, but it should also take into consideration the travel woes of the people. CM said that he takes up the responsibility of sanctioning permit to private buses.

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Cabinet Decisions 23-07-2014

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The Cabinet has decided to sanction 699 new Plus-Two batches this year, said CM while briefing the Cabinet decisions here today. The Cabinet discussed in detail and gave sanction to the report submitted by the sub-committee formed to take decision regarding sanctioning of new batches in Plus-Two courses in the State.

The 699 batches come under three categories

1.      As per the High Court order Plus-two batches have been allotted in panchayats having no Plus-two batches at present. New batches have been allowed in 131 schools; out of which 43 are in government schools and 88 in the aided sector.

2.      95 new Higher Secondary Schools have been sanctioned in districts from Ernakulam to Kasaragod. Many of the students in this region have been unable to get admission to Plus-two courses due to shortage of batches. High schools in these districts will be upgraded to Higher Secondary Schools. Out of the 95, 18 are government and 77 aided schools.

3.      Additional Plus-two batches will be allotted in all 14 districts.

The chief minister said that the government arrived at a decision on Plus-two batches and new higher secondary schools on the basis of necessity. It was the policy of the government that no student willing to continue study was denied the opportunity to pursue higher studies. Earlier SSLC was the turning point for the students but now it was Plus-Two, he added.  

The Government has also imposed restrictions while allotting new batches. It requires a minimum of 40 to sanction a new batch. This restriction is applicable to all 699 new batches sanctioned by the government. But the recognition of those schools failing to meet the minimum criterion of 40 students will not be withdrawn and they can start the classes from next year onwards on meeting the criterion.

It has also been decided to appoint guest lecturers in the newly sanctioned aided school batches. In government schools qualified teachers from Teachers' Bank will be posted. The government has given sanction to this package as it is cost effective.

The admission to these batches cannot be done through the single-window system this year as this would create confusion. From next year onwards the admission to these batches will also be carried out through the common admission procedure. The government will also consider stopping of batches with a few students.  

Other decisions

The workers of Mahaveer plantation in Nedumangad that has been closed down will be given free ration for a month in the backdrop of upcoming Onam festival.

Governor will be requested to issue ordinance regarding Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments Bill 2014.

It has been decided that SupplyCo, Consumer Fed and Horticorp will effectively intervene in the market to check price rise during Ramzan / Onam festival season. Government will give all support for market intervention.

1.5 acres of land with revenue department in Munnar will be given to the water authority to start a septage treatment plant.

1.5 hectares of land in Muvattupuzha taluk will be given to start Government ITI.

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Global Agro Meet for agricultural progress

agroThiruvananthapuram 23-07-2014: Global agro meet has been organized in Kochi on November 6, 7 to introduce the quality of Kerala’s agricultural products before world nations thereby getting a global exposure and also to introduce new and world class technology in agriculture in Kerala, said CM. He was speaking after launching the logo of Global Agro Meet here today.

The event is to embrace new technology in the agriculture and food processing sectors in the state and to adopt professional approach in these sectors. It is expected that this meet would help the farmers, industrial entrepreneurs and farmers to know better and also to meet the needs of customers and producers, thereby achieving a great leap in the agricultural sector.

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Steps will be taken to strengthen higher education sector

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CM has said that steps will be taken to strengthen higher education sector in the state. He was speaking after the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Golden Jubilee building of Palakkad Mercy College.

CM said that though we could achieve a lot in the public education sector we failed to excel in the higher education sector. Institutions alone cannot be blamed for this situation, said the CM and added that many are going outside the state and even the country for pursuing higher studies as such institutions are very few in the state. It is a challenge for the government to provide all facilities in the higher education sector.

CM also reminded that we should be able to utilize our man power to the maximum. Opportunities should be provided for the higher education sector to grow. More value based education and such institutions should come up in the state. It is for this reason that the Government has decided to give autonomous status to colleges. If this move is found successful, more institutions will be granted autonomous status, said the CM.

CM also inaugurated the computer application degree course and also released the souvenir of the institution, named Aurius.

Shaffi Parambil MLA and others were also present. 

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Khadi, a symbol of great tradition

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CM has said that Khadi is a symbol of a great establishment and that it is a stamp of tradition and culture.  Therefore it is the policy of the Government to protect Khadi and the tradition that it upholds. He was speaking after inaugurating the renovated AC showroom of Khadi here today.

All are doubtful regarding the prospects of Khadi. CM said that in this era we just cannot ignore the values of Khadi which stands apart. Government will give all support and help to Khadi and related instituitons. CM also said that Government has taken clear steps in providing incentives to staffs and to reduce their work pressure.

Shaffi Parambil MLA and others were also present. 

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