Progress Report

Progress Report of the Pinarayi Vijayan Government

25th May 2016 – 24th May 2017

35 Point Programme in the Manifesto

 Progress of Activities of the First Year

 

35 point programme in the manifesto Progress of first year activities
1.   Jobs for 25 lakh people:
Create 10 lakh job opportunities in 5 years for educated youth in modern industrial sectors including IT and Tourism sectors.

 

In the past one year jobs were given to at least 2,13,745 people in sectors excluding Tourism, Electronics, IT and related sectors since figures are not available for these. Very soon above 4,58,000 jobs are expected to be created from the projects nearing completion in the modern industrial sector. Information about each sector is given below in the columns against them. General information about jobs created apart from those are:
36,047 people were employed through PSC. More than 3700 posts were created. Jobs were given to 7964 people through employment exchange. Niyukthi Job Fair in the private sector gave spot recruitment to 3338 people and job offers to 6817 people. Jobs were given to 9388 people through Employability Center job fairs and 3069 people through Industrial Training Department Spectrum 17. Training was imparted and jobs given to 4687 people belonging to the Scheduled Castes. 241 people belonging to Scheduled Tribes were appointed as Mentor Trainers. Among Other Backward sections, loans were given to 37,766 people to start small scale enterprises and microfinance was given to 29,292 women. 
1.   I.T:

 

9000 people got jobs in IT parks alone. The figure for IT and ITES jobs created outside of these are not calculated or available. Considerable growth is expected with the advent of more basic facilities  and K Phone connectivity.

 

 

2.   Tourism sector:

 

This government approved over a hundred tourism projects that will create multiple job opportunities. Apart from that, a riverside tourism project focusing on the rivers of Malabar was formed. The second phase of Muziris Heritage project and Talassery, Alapuzha Heritage Tourism projects have started. Steps are being taken to open KTDC star hotels in Muzhuppilangad, Kozhikode and Kanyakumari with financial assistance from KIFBI . New job opportunities will arise with the completion of these. The soon-to-be-started Jadayupara project alone will employ 2000 people. Planning is on for forming a mission for responsible tourism project which is being extended all over the state. This will create several job opportunities. Also the Green Carpet project by which 84 tourism centers will be renovated before the tourist season is also targeted at employment creation.

 

3.   Modern industrial sectors including Electronics:

 

Rs 90 crores sanctioned for acquiring land for Amballur Electronic Hardware Park which is expected to create 1 lakh job opportunities.
KELTRON will be made a prominent electronic hardware centre generating job opportunities.
1 lakh job opportunities each are expected at the Light Engineering Park to be set up at Palakkad and the Mega Food Park at Cherthala.
A total of 6250 job opportunities are expected at the 600 acre Petrochemical Park in Ernakulam, Advance Technology Park in Ramanattukara, Kakkanchery Neo Space (Phase II) Standard Design Factory, Mattannur Plastic Park and Kochi Petrochemical Park. Steps are underway to acquire land for setting up Advanced Technology  Center at a cost of Rs 100 crores in Angamaly. Kochi Metro will give jobs to 300 people directly and 750 people indirectly. Kannur airport and related infrastructure will likewise create jobs. The State government is taking over the Instrumentation Corporation which was discarded by the Central government. This will also create job opportunities. 
Fifteen lakh job openings will be aimed at in Agriculture, Construction, Commerce, and Small scale industries.

 

1.   Agriculture

 

Elaborate activities taken up to expand agriculture such as Year of Paddy observation, barren land farming, land paddy farming, vegetable farming, etc have created jobs. The actual figure has not been estimated.

 

2.   Construction

 

Figures are being collected. More growth is expected with the advent of complete housing scheme, basic facilities development and new investment.

 

3.   Commerce

 

A policy is formulated for stable commercial growth that can ensure creation of more jobs. An Export Promotion Committee for expansion of trade and export has started functioning with the Chief Secretary as Chairman.

 

4.   Small scale Industries

 

The first year saw investment of Rs. 1387 crores in micro, small and medium enterprises and Rs. 110 crores in industrial parks. 57000 people got jobs in 5200 small scale industrial enterprises. 15535 micro and small scale enterprises started. The number of jobs has not been calculated.
An investment of Rs 39.32 crores and creation of 415 jobs were made in the KINFRA Parks in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kasaragod, Pathanamthitta and Kannur. 83000 jobs are expected to be created in 2017-18 through investment of Rs. 2266 crores in 17500 new units. 
Ten lakh youth to be trained through career guidance and skill development to equip them for jobs in modern industry and services.

 

22926 people were trained in basic IT communication and interview skills through Employability Centre. Training started at the Career Development Centres started at Perambra and Chittoor under the National Employment Service. Guidance for choosing courses for higher studies and participating in competitive exams as well as entrepreneur training for self-employment are being imparted there.
Training was given in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Beauty Care Treatment, Automation, Ayurveda, Physiotherapy, Marine Tourism and Hospitality, Applied Economics, Scientific Electrolysis, Multimedia and Animation, Architecture and Industrial Design, Oil Rig, Water and Waste Water and Nursing through the accredited agencies of Kerala Academy for Skill Excellence (KASE).
Career guidance coaching is given to the educated children of fishing workers. Skill Delivery Platform project for enhancing the job skills of engineering students. Initial steps have been taken jointly by K.S.I.T.I.L and I.C.T Academy for the project linking 150 engineering colleges to I.T. Parks.
5200 people in O.B.C category were given entrepreneur training. 

 

2.   1500 start-ups

 

Business incubation centres were started in 14 district industries centres to encourage new ideas.

15,535 units were started in 2016-17 in the micro, small scale and medium sectors. 257 entrepreneur clubs were started in educational institutions to inculcate entrepreneurship in students. K.S.I.D.C gives loan of up to Rs. 25 lakh as capital for starting new small scale enterprises with innovative ideas. A total of Rs. 4.32 crores was allotted in 2016-17 financial year as startup technical subsidy for 98 M.S.M.E units, investment support for 939 units and state investment subsidiary for 64 units.

Adequate infrastructure and growth environment for startup enterprises; Maker Village in Kochi; Fab Labs in 20 engineering colleges; Support mechanisms to transform ideas into products; 20 crores investment fund.

 

Incentives up to Rs. 2 lakh to be provided every year for 1000 innovative ideas. 250 of them will be given mortgage-free loans of Rs. 1 crore each.  Funds will be generated in the following ways: 20% from Government angel funds, 20% from SEBI recognized private investors and 60% from banks.

 

This will be implemented. Order has been issued sanctioning purchase of products for government use costing up to Rs 5 lakh from startups recognized by startup mission. This is with a view to promoting startups.

 

Special financial package to be created for start-ups initiated by people belonging to SC and ST communities.

 

Package is not ready yet. Special training for startups has been started at Mannanthala.
3.   Addition of 1 crore sq. ft. to IT Park: 

 

The area of Kerala’s IT Park to be increased from 1.3 crore sq. ft. to 2.3 crore sq. ft.

 

In the first year 17 lakh square feet infrastructure was made available in  various IT parks. Construction of 4 lakh square feet of the multi-storied IT building Jyothirmaya of Kochi Infopark Phase II (Rs. 109.82 crores) was completed.  A five storied, 2.88 lakh square feet IT building is completed and ready at Kozhikode Cyber Park. The infrastructure of the Codevelopers parks are also getting ready. (Brigade 4 lakh square feet, Smart City 6 lakh square feet, U.L.C.C.  3 lakh square feet).

Tender process is getting completed for construction of a 2 lakh square feet (Rs 105.44 crores) building in Technocity.

Construction of a 3 lakh square feet building in Kochi’s Technology Innovation Zone will begin in June. Order has been issues approving the construction.

 

This will directly create jobs for 2.5 lakh people Figures will be available as the enterprises kick off. In the first year 9000 people got employment in IT Parks.

 

4.   Number of foreign tourists to be doubled:

 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Kerala to be doubled from 12 lakh to 24 lakh in the next five years.

 

 

Studies were conducted to find a solution to the decrease in the growth rate of tourists and efficient marketing was done based on it globally. As a result 10,38,419 foreign tourists arrived. This is up by 60,940 people (6.23 %) from the previous year. This achievement is in the face of setbacks created by the previous government’s liquor policy and the Centre’s demonetization.

Rs. 75 crores has been earmarked this year for tourism marketing. This is 50 % more than the previous year.

 

25% increase targeted in the number of domestic tourists.

 

1,31,72,535 domestic tourists arrived in 2016. This is an increase of 7,06,964 people (5.67 %).

 

This will create jobs for 4 lakh people in five years.

 

Figures are not available.

 

5.   Public Sector to be turned profitable again:

 

The public sector to be revived once again and made profitable.

 

The overall loss of Public Sector companies which stood at Rs. 131.0 crores in 2015-16 was brought down to Rs. 71.34 crores in 2016-17. Thirteen of them operated at a profit in 2016-17. The 2017-18 budget allocates Rs 270 crores for the modernization of Public Sector companies. KIFBI financial assistance is under consideration for the modernization of Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (K.M.M.L.), Malabar Cements (M.C.L.), Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (K.S.D.P.), Travancore Cochin Chemicals Ltd (T.C.C.L), KELTRON and Travancore Cements Ltd. Action taken to give more orders to K.S.D.P. from Kerala Medical Supplies Corporation. The organization has won N.A.B.L. recognition. A Rs. 10 crores financial assistance in addition to Rs. 18.5 crores was given for expansion of K.S.D.P. activities. An elaborate programme is devised in cooperation with the health sector to manufacture Kerala’s requirement of non beta lactam medicines, injectables and hospital disposables.  K.M.M.L.’s profit was raised to Rs. 40.37 crores in 2016-17. Order was issued to offer 15 % price preference and 35 % purchase preference when K.S.E.B. purchases electrical equipments and cables from TRACO, KEL, United Electrical Industries Ltd and TELK. The Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister requesting that the Central government’s Hindustan Newsprint Ltd be retained as an autonomous body under the Central Ministry of Mines and sanction Rs. 100 crores as grant or loan to repay its debts.
Will bring about a 50% increase in productivity.

 

Will study about each institution and take action.

 

A large scale industrial complex to be created including the Kerala Mineral and Metal Company, Chavara to enable the conversion of Kerala’s unique mineral sand into value added products like Titanium metal.

 

 

Under consideration.

 

6.   Completion of Natural Gas Pipeline:

 

The Natural Gas Terminal in Kochi to be linked to the National Gas Grid by completing the construction of the Natural Gas Pipeline. This would help strengthen the thermal energy industry. Availability of cooking gas for domestic consumption to be improved.

 

The Natural Gas Pipeline project was rejuvenated. Out of 503 km distance, land use rights were completed in 453 km. When this government took over, not even a km of land was taken over in Kozhikode district. Now 70 km out of 80 km has been assessed for compensation.

Laying of pipeline has started in Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts. Tender processes have been completed and initial activities are under way in districts except Malappuram.

Concerted steps are taken to enhance availability of domestic cooking gas.

 

 

 

7.   Development of electronic hardware industry:

 

KELTRON will be revived.

 

KELTRON will be developed into a major centre of electronic hardware. Rs. 10 crores was sanctioned. Solar photovoltaic power plants, smart energy meters and defense equipment will be built in the first phase. Rs. 5 crores was granted for expanding the capacitor production of KELTRON component complex.

 

Amballur Electronic Hardware Park will be completed.

 

 

Administrative sanction was given for Rs. 90 crores towards land acquisition.

 

Kerala will be transformed into a national hub in this industry.

 

 

Schemes are under consideration.
8.   Industries to produce value added products:

 

An industrial network will be set up to manufacture quality value added products from coconut, rubber and spices, under the aegis of farmer-owned companies. 50 industrial parks will be set up towards this purpose.

 

Action is taken to set up Agroparks in all districts for the promotion of value added products in the agriculture sector. A value added entrepreneurial group each is being formed at the Panchayat level. Around 200 micro and small scale enterprises are planned to be opened for the value addition of local agricultural products. The functioning of SFC, Samethi and the marketing wing of Agriculture department will be linked in order to strengthen the agribusiness enterprises. ‘Vaiga 2016’ an international seminar and exhibition about agricultural processing and value addition, was held. Kerafed will implement the recommendations coming out of this. A Startup Village was started in Thrissur in a coordinated manner to promote safe-to-eat products. Construction of Agropark started in Punalur.  Several other institutions are undergoing expansion and new production and marketing centres being set up. Kerala Agribusiness company will be established in the second year to market all value added products under a single brand name.
9.   Agricultural income guarantee programme:

 

A programme would be initiated to ensure minimum agricultural income for farmers. This will be implemented as a joint venture of both state and central governments.

 

Not started yet. Risk fund is being given away as the farmers’ products are not fetching fair price.

 

Expansion of welfare measures.

 

Rs. 151.4 crores out of the debt of 22 months brought about by the previous government in agricultural pension was distributed. A moratorium was declared for agricultural loans up to 31st March 2016 in light of the drought. Long term moratorium will be considered if needed. For the first time in history farmers were given incentives for vegetable storage. ‘Haritha Card’ was started in collaboration with Gramin Bank to give loans to farmers at 4 % interest. The sale prices of fertilizers and pesticides were regulated. Crop insurance compensation was raised from double to ten times. Rs. 52 crores, being arrears from 2012 for compensation for crop loss from natural disasters, was given as emergency aid.
Creation of systems like Labour Banks in every Panchayat.

 

 

The prevalent experiments in this field will be studied and implemented.

 

Agricultural workers to be trained in modern agricultural techniques.

 

Training programmes are being implemented.

 

Paddy field owners would be given royalty in order to ensure the conservation of paddy fields.

 

Not implemented.
Fund allocation for agriculture would be increased.

 

This government has considerably increased the funds in both budgets.  If the allocation for agriculture sector was Rs. 1756.24 crores in 2015-16, it was increased to Rs. 2596 crores in 2016-17. As per revised statistics, Rs 2693 crores were utilized. The allocation was further increased to Rs 2908.91 crores in 2017-18.

 

10.Other big projects:

 

Will be completed in a time-bound manner.

 

Details of each given below:
1.   Vizhinjam port

 

565 meter breakwater is completed. Construction of 800 meter berth will start soon.

Dredging and land reclamation are 40 % over. 35 % of it was done after this Ministry came into power.

 

2.   Azheekal minor port

 

Rs. 486 crores has been allocated in KIFBI. Steps are underway to form a company.

 

3.   Beypore minor port

 

Transit shed, R.C.C. Sump well of 1 crore litre capacity, Safety Inspection Room for port laborers and rest room are completed.

 

4.   Ponnani minor port

 

Construction started. Dredge sand refinery was inaugurated on 7th May 2017.

 

5.   Thankasseri minor port

 

Kollam port – Kochupilammood road development is completed. Passenger terminal is 75 % over.

 

6.   Light Metro

 

Kozhikode Panniyankara flyover was inaugurated. This government gave approval for flyovers in Pattom, Sreekariyam and Ulloor in Thiruvananthapuram. Rs. 272 crores has been allocated from KIFBI towards this purpose. Land acquisition is in progress. Government land was allotted for depot (yard) in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

 

7.   Kannur airport

 

With the announcement of a 4000 meter runway, this will become India’s fourth largest airport. Land acquisition activities for this purpose have started.

Administrative sanction was given for approach roads. Construction is progressing at a fast pace.

The Cabinet approved construction of 18 canals to improve the drainage system. Construction is in progress.

Steps have been taken to set up the airport’s interior, equipments and telecommunication.

Construction of a full length parallel taxiway was approved. Work has started.

An ultra-modern international air cargo complex, a four-storied modern office building complex, a three-storied residential building for C.I.S.F, a day hotel inside the airport for passengers and visitors were given approval. Tender process is getting completed.

An agency has been appointed for ground handling.

 

8.   Kochi Metro

 

A revised project estimate of Rs. 2577.25 crores for extension from Kaloor to Kakkanad was approved. K.M.R.L. was transformed into a fully operation-ready operating agency. Kochi One Card was developed. Construction work was completed for 11 Metro stations from Aluva to Palarivattom. Panels are being constructed to generate solar energy. Clearance was obtained from the Railway Safety Commissioner. Attempts are being made to make the Kochi Metro green.

Steps were taken to appoint specially trained policemen in Kochi Metro.

Steps were taken to expedite land acquisition for the Metro project up to Pettah. Kudumbasree was entrusted with the maintenance of sanitation of Metro stations and ticket distribution. It was decided to include transgender and differently abled people in the staff.

 

9.   Smart City

 

Dispelled concerns relating to framework agreement. It was ensured that the project will be fully functional in 2021.

 

11.Electricity generation:

 

Details below:
A thermal power station of 1200 MW capacity

 

 

Feasibility studies are going on.

 

300 MW hydro-electric power

 

Vellathooval, Pathankayam and Perunthenaruvi hydroelectric projects were commissioned. Steps were taken to restart the Pallivasal, Thottiyar and Chathankottunada projects whose work was stalled during the last government’s time.

Construction work started on the Upper Kallar minor hydroelectric project. Construction tender processes for Peruvannamoozhi and Pazhassisagar minor projects are nearing completion.

 

1000 MW solar power

 

Construction of a 200 MW solar power plant started in Kasaragod. Work on 30 MW tower has been completed. An additional 12 MW was produced from various projects.

 

A public campaign will be initiated to improve energy efficiency and to encourage the use of LED bulbs.

 

A scheme was given shape to make all streetlights in the state L.E.D and automatically controlled. A scheme was also devised to make low cost L.E.D and efficient electrical equipments available to all electrical consumers in the state.

 

12.Water conservation campaign:

 

A large scale campaign on water conservation to be initiated.

 

Work has started through Haritha Keralam mission. Schemes to instill public awareness regarding water usage and conservation are in progress. A programme for spreading awareness among school and college students has been started.

 

A comprehensive strategy will be implemented for soil and water preservation from micro wetlands to riverbanks.

 

 

As part of the Haritha Keralam mission, wetland master plans were made aimed at the comprehensive care of the rivers. Activities are in progress to strengthen water and soil conservation activities along the river banks.

Various soil conservation activities were carried out on 6500 hectares through 100 wetland projects belonging to different stages of the Agriculture department RIDF. Local administration department took up wetland conservation in 4.27 lakh hectares through 83 projects. 18.36 hectares were irrigated. 439 new constructions were done for rainwater harvesting and water storage and maintenance was done on 420 existing ones.

 

A permanent task force to be set up to review inter-state river water agreements in a time-bound and appropriate manner.

 

An expert committee has been formed for this with V. J. Kurien (Retd. IAS) as Chairman.

 

Water conservation activities are conducted in full swing as part of inter-state river water project.

 

13.Food security: 
Self-sufficiency to be attained in vegetables, egg and milk production.

 

Details on each area given below:

 

1.   Vegetables

 

Extensive programmes are launched for the promotion of vegetables. Haritha Keralam mission is also active in this area. Horticorp activities are also expanded. ‘Sujalam Suphalam’ scheme was implemented to make the land arable. Grandis trees in 500 hectares were felled and vegetables grown in their place in Vattavada – Kanthallur areas affected by drought due to grandis trees draining the soil of water. Storage capacity here has been raised from 5 – 6 tons to 13 – 15 tons. Kerala Gramin Bank and ATM were brought to Vattavada which did not have any bank till then. Haritha cards were issued to farmers to avail of loans. This was declared as a special agricultural zone. 57,000 metric tons vegetables will be collected and stored from Munnar annually. Vegetable farming will be expanded to additional 50,000 hectares. Special projects for production and distribution of traditional seeds and farmland construction of organic production tools. Vegetable production companies are being started in Panchayats like Vattavada – Kanthallur, eastern Panakkad region, Kanjikkuzhi, Cherthala and Pazhayannur. Vegetable farming exhibition gardens will be started in each block.

 

2.   Eggs

 

Construction is in the final stage of modern duck farming training centre and brooder hatchery complex in Manchadi in Thiruvalla. Modern hatcheries producing 30,000 chickens a week will soon become operational in Thottathara in Ayur in Kollam and Edavanna in Malappuram.

Hens are reared in 705 schools. 35250 schoolchildren were given five chickens each.

 

3.   Milk

 

Continuous improvement through various schemes started to achieve dairy self-sufficiency by 2018. Milk cooperatives collect 16.41 litres of milk daily. Compared to the past year collection increased by 8 % in April and 15 % in May during 2017. 2078 diary units were established. 4306 milch cows were brought to the state. 299 calf rearing units. 1770 new calves were brought. A hi-tech dairy farm will soon start functioning in Piravanthur in Kollam. A goat insemination centre will be started in Puthoor in Thrissur in June 2017. 50 % financial aid is given to develop dairy units. Financial aid was given to 745 dairy farmers for purchasing milking machine. Cattle sheds are being modernized. ‘Ksheera Gramam’ project targeted at comprehensive dairy development was started. Up to Rs. 4 incentive for milk measured in dairy cooperatives. Cattle fodder subsidy has been reinstated. ‘Productivity Enhancement Programme’ intended at spreading technology for increasing milk production was held in all districts. A producer company for promoting goat rearing was started with the collaboration of Kudumbasree in Kannur district. Precision farming in the dairy sector was started in Palakkad district. Scientific treatment and insurance for 73538 calves through Govardhini project. Several other projects like Nighttime emergency animal treatment service and comprehensive cattle insurance are being conducted.

 

Area under paddy cultivation to be expanded to 3 lakh hectares through the ‘Arishree’ project.

 

A project in this name has not been started. However paddy farming has been started in 15,000 acre fallow land.

Farming was done in Aranmula field which was reclaimed for the airport, Methran backwaters, Rani Chithira backwaters and also the fallow fields of Perambra Cheruvannur Avalappandi (1100 acres), Choornikkara (15 acres), Kanimangalam (220 hectares) and Keezhmadu (30 acres).

Large scale project to expand paddy cultivation to 3 lakh hectares. Widespread group farming in paddy fields. G.A.P. certification for paddy fields. Fallow land farming will be expanded through Employment Guarantee and Kudumbasree. Land paddy cultivation in 10,000 hectares. Special agricultural zone for paddy cultivation in Kuttanad, Onattukara, Pokkali, Kol, Palakkad, Wayanad and Kaippad. Mini rice mills will be set up in possible paddy fields with the cooperation of Indian Institute of Crop Processing, Thanjavur. Paddy cultivation to be developed in city areas. Special projects for spreading the agriculture of small grains.

 

Enforcement of strict regulations to prevent adulteration of food products.

 

Food Safety department has done much work in this regard. 50 Gram Panchayats have been transformed into fully food safe Gram Panchayats. School Health programme was implemented in 280 schools. It will be implemented in a further 280 schools in 2017-18. 90 Food Safety Officers were appointed for the first time after 28 years. 75 were trained. Enforcement Wing was strengthened.

The labs in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts won N.A.B.L. accreditation, thus making Kerala the first state to get N.A.B.L. accreditation. All three labs started working by installing GCMSMS, ICP-OES and Spectrophotometer to detect pesticides, solid metals and artificial colours. Labs and enforcement wing are being computerized. Mobile testing labs started functioning in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode for emergency action in festival zones.

‘Operation Sagar Rani’ was started to detect and prevent chemical substances in fishes brought from other states. Action taken to seize mangoes ripened with calcium carbide. 2700 such mangoes were seized and destroyed. Inspection was conducted in around 4500 hotels, restaurants and bakeries in just one year.

The activities of the Food Research and Development Council in Kochi under the Food and Civil Supplies Department will be expanded to check food quality and also promote indigenous food varieties.

 

14.Coastal area package:

 

Rs. 5000 crores coastal area package with primary emphasis on the development of infrastructure in the coastal areas.

 

Steps have not been taken for this package. A Rs. 12,000 crores rehabilitation package using Green Climate Fund and another Rs. 652 crores project using KIFBI are being implemented as primary procedures.

 

Model Fisheries Village project to be implemented for coastal regions to achieve parity with most other parts of the state with respect to human development indicators.

 

Steps are taken to make all villages in the fishing sector as Model Fisheries Villages.

 

15.Defending traditional industries: 

 

Traditional industries like coir, handloom, reed, khadi, cashew and toddy tapping will be modernized while safeguarding the jobs in them.  

Details of each industry given below:

 

1.   Coir

 

Started implementing. Rs. 100 crores programme for the comprehensive technological renovation of the coir sector. 100 defibering mills for jute production. Manufacture of machinery started. Budget expenditure for coir sector has doubled. Clothing made of coir fibre is the new hope of the coir sector. Coir composite factory is nearing commissioning.

 

2.   Handloom

 

As a first step, measures were taken to protect this sector. Where it was promised to create 100 labour days, in the first year 200 labour days were created through free school uniform scheme. Nearly 10,000 workers will get employment for 300 years (ie, throughout the year) through the expansion of this project. The budget allocation for 2017-18 is Rs. 40.8 crores for handloom industry, Rs. 31. 84 crores for power loom industry and Rs. 6 crores in rebates. In the textile sector, Rs. 15 crores additional aid was given in 2016-17 for the comprehensive renovation of dysfunctional institutions in the Public sector and Cooperative sector. Centralized cotton purchasing system was restarted. An expert committee was formed to prepare a rehabilitation plan for the long-term functioning and progress of institutions in the textile sector.

 

3.   Reed

 

Employment opportunities will be expanded in the handicrafts sector through market expansion, craft tourism and cluster activity.Bamboo Fest for handicraft product marketing, Agro Food Pro and Investment Meet were held. A State Handicrafts Award was instituted for the first time along the lines of the National Handicrafts Award.

 

4.   Khadi

 

Modernization of Sliver project in Ettukudukka in Kannur, Khadi campaign and training, honeybee farming and industrial development were taken up. Production incentive festival bata of Khadi workers was increased and distributed. Rs. 13.74 crores was spent in 2016-17 for strengthening Khadi village industrial units and boosting sales.

 

5.   Cashew Nut

 

40 cashew nut factories that had remained closed were opened as a first step. 18,000 people were reemployed. Government order was issued to form a company called Kerala Cashew Board to solve the complex issues in this field.

 

6.   Toddy Tapping

 

Jobs are protected. Modernization project is yet to start.

 

Government will take over procurement of handcrafted products like cloth, coir and handicrafts while ensuring minimum wages.

 

Details of each field given below:
1.   Cloth

 

Collection has started through the school uniform project. Wage increase was made possible through this. In the event of stagnation, collection will be done after ensuring minimum wages.

 

2.   Coir

 

Total collection programme for traditional coir products to protect traditional labourers. 20 % growth in collection of coir and coir products.

 

3.   Handicraft

 

Not yet started.
A separate department to be introduced for traditional industries.

 

 

Not yet started.
16.Road development:

 

National highways to be made four-lane.

 

It was decided to roads six lanes in 45 meters itself from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram. Land acquisition up to Kozhikode in the final stage. Talassery – Mahe bypass and Kozhikode bypass have been tendered. Remaining areas up to Kozhikode will be tendered in August. Kozhikode – Kazhakoottam land acquisition is moving at a fast pace. Kazhakoottam – Karode bypass work is in final stage.

 

State and district roads to be rebuilt with B.M & B.C.

 

 

579 road projects costing Rs. 1170 crores are in progress. Fund was allocated to all constituencies without partiality. Projects worth Rs. 177.80 including 33 roads and 4 bridges with the help of NABARD are in progress. Construction of 29 roads costing Rs. 397 crores in CRF is in progress.

 

Village roads to be brought under the One Time Renovation Scheme.

 

108 village roads accounting to a total length of 294 km were completed to national standards under P.M.G.S.Y.

 

Completion of all the bypass roads.

 

Kollam, Alapuzha and Etumanoor bypasses will be completed this financial year. Funds were pumped into stalled ones like Nilambur, Malappuram Kottapadi, Kanjipura – Moodal, etc were revived.

 

Phase by phase implementation of Smart Road Project in Kerala.

 

 

Kazhakottam – Adoor model safety road.

Nine tasks progressing in K.S.T.P. second phase. The National Highway is rebuilt from Purakkad to Pathirappalli using cold-in-place-recycling method. Thiruvananthapuram project was completed as part of the city road improvement. Kozhikode is in progress. Alapuzha got governmental sanction. DPR is being prepared for Kannur and Kollam. It is decided to complete this in a phased manner in other districts. Ambalapuzha – Thiruvalla model road (Rs. 69 crores) is in KIFBI. Sign board, reflector, marking, crash barrier, guard rail for pedestrians, signal light, etc are being installed throughout the state. Ducts for pipes and cables in new roads, cycle track. Robust and durable roads are being built using plastic, coir fibre and natural rubber.

17.Waterways:

 

Completion of National Waterways.

 

Expansion activities on the National Waterways are progressing rapidly. E. Sreedharan had conducted the inspection for widening the tunnels in Varkala. Activities were planned such that the waterway from Kasaragod to Kovalam will be completed in 2020. Dredging is going on at a fast pace at many places to make the National Waterways fit for traffic.

 

Goods transportation through waterways to be initiated by linking it with the ports in Kerala.

 

Discussions were held with oil companies to examine the possibility of goods movement through the National Waterway. Necessary steps have been taken in this regard. Apart from interlinking the ports of Kerala, attempts are made to rev up the goods movement to Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Rock needed for Vizhinjam port construction is brought from Kollam port by sea. Government is giving subsidy to the goods movement via port.

 

A study will be done on the possibility of a high speed ferry service from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod.

 

As work on the National Waterway gets over, barges, boat service and cruise boats targeted at tourism promotion will come into effect from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod.

 

18.Railway:

 

Doubling of track and electrification are completed up to Kozhikode. Work up to Mangaluru is progressing.

 

Will press for completion of the proposed new railway lines.

 

Track doubling is progressing in Alapuzha and Kottayam routes. Rs. 116 crores for Sabari rail and Rs. 1431 crores for Thiruvananthapuram – Nagercoil doubling have been allocated based on the Chief Minister’s discussions with the Railway Minister.

 

A joint company to be launched with the Indian Railways to convert the present double railway lines to four lines.

 

The company was formed on 1st September 2016 and named ‘Kerala Rail Development Corporation’
Attempts to be made to run High Speed Trains on the doubled lines. Steps are progressing to operate a suburban train for 126 km from Thiruvananthapuram to Chengannur.

 

19.Clean Kerala:

 

Haritha Keralam mission started.

 

Kerala to be made the cleanest state in India and priority to be given to waste processing at source.

 

Kerala was made Open Defecation Free state. 2,02,178 toilets were built for this. Decentralized waste processing technology is being popularized through Suchitwa Mission. 10 % of the budget is set aside for waste management in the 13th Plan. Unit cost was fixed for Biogas plant and Earthworm compost. Biogas plants were given to 7000 families and Composting devices to 75,000 families. Attempts were begun to link the waste processing in houses with the kitchen garden. Plastic wastes were ground and used in road construction.  An order was issued stating that 10 % of the roads built by local governing institutions should be thus polymerized. Clean Kerala mission has by now handed over 10 tons of plastic rice. Project approval was given to 108 local institutions for opening Material Resource Recovery centres for non-bio wastes. 30 have started functioning. The local institutions have started leveraging on the activities of residents’ associations and organizations with expertise in waste processing. Kudumbasree units will be linked to the domestic waste collection. Biomedical waste is being processed under I.M.A. supervision. Two more zonal plants will be started soon. Electronic wastes are collected by Clean Kerala mission and given for processing. Investor Meet was held to expand the processing industry. Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation installed toilets in their pumps. It is planned to hand over the running to Kudumbasree. Local institutions will be instructed to renew licenses of hotels and petrol pumps only after ensuring the availability of toilets there. A circular was issued instructing local institutions to take action against throwing and burning of wastes and regulate usage of plastic carry bags under 50 microns. A state level committee was entrusted with the monitoring.

 

Strict action will be taken against water polluters.

 

Steps to conserve water sources like rivers and canals by making them waste-free and attempts to remove industrial and human wastes coming from water bodies and reservoirs in the project areas have begun. The Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change is taking actions based on the Central government’s waste processing rules. The local administration department has also initiated steps.

 

A campaign will be initiated among the people to create awareness about water pollution.

 

This is embedded in Haritha Keralam mission who are conducting a public campaign. Suchitwa mission is also conducting campaign and awareness activities. As part of the Jalasamridhi project, activities to prevent water pollution will be taken up with people’s participation.
20.Housing:

 

Landless will be ensured of at least a home. Landless will be ensured of at least a home.

 

LIFE mission started its activities. A primary survey was carried out to identify beneficiaries. The final list was published on 10th May. House construction was made hassle-free for the common man. A circular was issued enabling the construction of houses on land which was filled before 2008 and not included in the databank. Temporary numbers were issued for houses up to 1500 square feet which were built in violation of Building Construction Law enabling them to apply for electricity, drinking water, ration card and voter’s list.

Land Board active in all taluks to provide land to the poor. A special survey was instituted.

Title deeds for all the deserving. Around 20,000 people were issued deeds. Rs. 60.34 crores was distributed among 3017 people using the Housing Scheme for workers in the fishing sector. The target is land and house for everybody in five years.  A new scheme worth Rs 48 crores that provides up to Rs. 6 lakh for identifying land suitable for dwelling. Flats at an expense of Rs. 21.65 crores for 219 families without land or home. A scheme to provide toilets in all fishermen’s homes.

Homes and toilets for all in the next five years by reviving the EMS Housing Scheme and MN Laksham Veedu Scheme. Started implementing through the LIFE mission.
One acre of agricultural land to be made available for Adivasis. 29.59 acres land was bought and given to 71 people. Action taken to provide possession right documents to 5075 people.

 

The Land Reform legislation will be safeguarded. Actions are being taken carefully.

 

21.Health care:
The present staff pattern is to be re-examined and the number of doctors and nurses to be doubled.

 

1301 posts in Health department and 1399 posts in Health Education department were created. Asst Surgeons 170, Doctor Faculty 174, Dental Surgeon 47, Staff Nurse 340, Nursing category of medical education 994, Nursing College Faculty 33, Lab Technician 374, Pharmacy Faculty 5, all categories in district and taluk levels 307, non-teaching staff 193.

 

Universal and integrated insurance scheme connected to the public health system to be implemented.

 

An integrated insurance programme is being given shape. Till then the existing health safety programmes will be strengthened and continued.

 

Three medical colleges to be upgraded to the status of AIIMS.

 

The upgrade has been started as part of the Ardram project. OPD Transformer programme has been started for this purpose.

 

Heart surgery and Cath Lab facilities to be introduced in taluk hospitals.

 

Cath Labs were set up in two Medical College hospitals and eight district hospitals. Dialysis centers were started in 44 of the General/ taluk hospitals.

 

Cancer detection facilities also to be made available in taluk hospitals.

 

As a first step, posts were created in five Medical Colleges to provide services similar to R.C.C.

 

22.Ayurveda:

 

Ayurveda University to be set up. Action not taken yet.
A modern laboratory and research centre to be established at a cost of Rs. 500 crore.

 

Land was identified in Kannur to establish an Ayurveda research centre of international standard. An order was issued in this regard. Rs. 5 crores was sanctioned for initial activities.

 

Basic facilities to be introduced in the Ayurveda sector linking health care and tourism.

 

Studies have begun to devise a project towards this end. An international seminar is being held to discuss the possibilities.

 

23.School education to be of international standards: 

 

High-tech classes to be set up from classes 8 to 12.

 

 

Mission ‘Pothu Vidyabhasa Samrakshana Yajnam’ started. Classes 1 to 12 are being made hi-tech. In the first stage, project started in 2017-18 to make 45,000 high school and higher secondary classes hi-tech. Public (government, aided) schools will be made centres of excellence. In the first stage, a government school in each constituency will be provided with up to Rs. 5 crores. Government schools not included here but with student strength of more than 1000 will be provided up to Rs. 3 crores. Government will provide money equivalent to that spent by aided schools (subject to a maximum of Rs. 1 crore). L.P and U.P. schools are being modernized using the Rs 216 crores set aside for infrastructure development in the Budget estimate for Higher Education.

 

1000 public schools to be raised to international standards with the help of alumni and well-wishers.

 

Master plans are being drawn up for the schools. The prepared ones are submitted to KIFBI for financial approval.

 

24.Centres of excellence:

 

Universities to be made centres of excellence.

 

A Rs. 240 crores project plan submitted by CUSAT has been handed over to KIFBI for consideration. Plans of other Universities are under preparation.

 

Higher education sector to be expanded through government collaboration with trusts and co-operative institutions.

 

Activities in this direction are being planned under the aegis of Cooperative Academy for Professional Education (CAPE).

 

25.Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes welfare:

 

Will ensure complete power including supervisory power, of ‘Oorukoottams’ of Adivasis in the formulation of plans.

 

Oorukoottams are given full responsibility for colony development projects and beneficiary selection.

 

Supervisory committees to be formed at all levels regarding the utilization of Scheduled Castes Development Fund.

 

Monthly reviews are held at Minister, Secretary, Director and district levels.

 

Local self governments to be bound to incorporate suggestions made by Scheduled Castes within the Gram Sabha/development seminar/working committee.

 

Scheduled Castes Development Officer, Tribal Extension Officer and Promoters are paying special attention to this at the Panchayat level. Working groups are also active.

 

26.Women’s empowerment:

 

A separate department to be introduced for women.

 

 

A report on this has been submitted by the former Director of Social Welfare Department. Department formation as per this is in the final stage.

 

Gender budgeting to be reestablished.

 

Child and Gender budget reestablished. The statement was published along with the 2017-18 budget.

 

Kudumbashree to be made part of the Grama Sabhas.

 

Action not taken.

 

Loans to be provided to Kudumbashree at an interest rate of 4%. Interest rate fixed at 4 %.
27.People’s Planning: ‘13th Plan People’s Planning for a New Kerala’ was inaugurated. Project guideline was announced. Steps taken to start project activity at the start of the financial year itself.

 

The second edition of Peoples’ Plan to be implemented.

 

It will be a people’s movement linking water body planning, waste management and organic farming to MGNREGS and Kudumbashree.

More Kudumbasree units will be formed and deployed in this field.

 

 

28.Cultural Renaissance:

 

Budgetary allocation for culture to be substantially increased.

 

 

The allocation was doubled as soon as the LDF government discarded the budget presented by the UDF government in 2016-17 and presented a new budget. In the 2017-18 budget 43 % over the previous year was allocated. This year’s allocation is Rs. 131.43 crores. New projects have been announced for major leaps forward: Cultural complexes in all districts at a cost of Rs 40 crores each; 100 cinema theatre complexes in the state; permanent venue for film festival, film city of international standard in Chithranjali Studio; permanent venue for theatre; Fellowship scheme for 1000 young artists.
1% of the budgetary allotment for education to be ensured as grants to libraries.

 

Being examined.

 

Libraries to be digitized. Action being taken.
Financial assistance to be provided for arts and sports clubs.

 

Indefinite grant amount was raised considerably.

 

Facilities to be provided through school clusters for students to train in all art forms.

 

2145 work experience teachers in arts and sports were appointed through S.S.A.

 

29.Environment-friendly Kerala:

 

Programmes centred on wetlands to be introduced with people’s participation to conserve soil, water and biodiversity.

 

These projects have been included in the ‘Haritha Keralam’ mission. Local administration department carried out filling of wells in 141 Panchayats in the name of ‘Jalasubhiksha’. 2.25 lakh wells were filled in the first stage. The Education Department has taken steps to start biodiversity parks in all schools on World Environment Day. Rain harvest festival will also be conducted in schools on that day.

 

Wetland protection laws to be strictly enforced.

 

Implementing with caution. Section 3 A of The Kerala Conservation of Paddy land and wetland Act which unauthorized land filling and which was part of the UDF government’s lawmaking has been repealed through an amendment. 37 acres of filled paddy fields were restored to original state. Filling that was earlier widespread, could be controlled. Squads were started for this at district and taluk levels. Publishing databank as per The Kerala Conservation of Paddy land and wetland Act was expedited. 565 Panchayats published it. It is under printing in 226 Panchayats. It is getting completed in 128 Panchayats.

 

A master plan to be charted to clean the water bodies in the state.

 

State level resource persons completed training to prepare block level wetland master plans. Further stages will begin soon. Water body purification will be prioritized while preparing master plan.

 

30.Expatriates:

 

An Expatriate Development Fund to be instituted. Expatriates who return would be employed in industrial units set up using the investment made in this fund, depending on their qualifications.

 

Not yet started.

 

An extensive rehabilitation package would be designed for the expatriates who are returning to the state.

 

An Expatriate Rehabilitation programme for expatriates who worked not less than two years abroad and returned for good. 15,734 applications were recommended to the bank. 1800 people started enterprises. The Chief Secretary has been tasked with the preparation of a comprehensive rehabilitation programme.

 

31.Public Distribution System:

 

Public distribution system to be strengthened.

 

 

National Food Security Act was implemented in November 2016. The list was prepared without giving cause to any complaints and ration cards were distributed. The existing private wholesale agencies were done away with and ration goods were delivered through Supplyco at the doorsteps at fair price shops.
Fair value shops that have been shut down to be reopened Even though ration wholesale shops were avoided, a ‘ration shop economic package’ is under the government’s consideration to retain existing fair price shops.

Maveli stores were opened in 7 Panchayats that did not have them. It will be opened this year in the remaining 30 Panchayats as well. Six Maveli stores were converted to super markets. One super market became People’s Bazaar.

 

There will be no price hike in Civil Supplies and Consumer Fed shops for the next five years.

 

The promise not to hike the price of 13 items of daily use was kept at the Maveli stores. Other essential commodities are being subsidized and sold.

Consumer Fed has been allocated Rs. 150 crores in the 2017-18 budget for market intervention to avoid price hike.

 

32.Hunger-free Kerala:

 

There will not be even a single person in Kerala without access to at least one meal every day. A scheme to be initiated in cooperation with voluntary organizations and others to provide free lunch to the needy, at select areas. This would be expanded throughout the state.

 

 

Rs. 70 lakh has been allocated to start the pilot project in two districts. The project will be implemented in these two districts and later the entire state by utilizing the corporate social responsibility fund of organizations and companies as well.

 

A chain of hotels to be set up to provide quality food at fair prices.

 

As part of this, the Director of Civil Supplies has been entrusted with the responsibility of submitting a detailed proposal on opening a model hotel each in all districts with the cooperation of various departments.

 

33.Social Security:

 

All pensions to be raised to Rs. 1000 from 1st June.

 

It has been raised.
All eligible persons above 60 years of age to be given pension. An integrated databank is getting ready with the purpose of ensuring a pension for everyone above 60. Adalats are in progress to solve technical problems. 650 Panchayats witnessed it.

 

There would be timely increase of pension each year. It was raised to Rs. 1100 in 2017. It will be raised annually in the coming years.

 

Pension to be delivered at home every month without arrears. Rs. 1900 crores which was kept in arrears during UDF administration, was fully distributed. Rs. 5100 crores was distributed to 48.5 lakh people in a year under Welfare – Social Security category.

Pension was delivered at home to those who requested it. This will continue.

 

34.Bank of Kerala:

 

A major bank to be set up in Kerala by bringing together district and state co-operative banks. Co-operative sector to follow a bi-level system.

 

Attempts are on to combine the district and state cooperative banks and form Kerala Bank. An expert committee constituted under Dr. Sriram of I.I.M. Bengaluru has submitted its report on 27th April 2017. It is expected that activities for bank consolidation and approval from Central government and Reserve Bank will be completed within 21 months and Kerala Bank will become a reality.

 

35.End corruption; Ensure good governance: 

 

Order was issued to form Kerala Administrative Service (K.A.S) aimed at good governance. Action is in progress.

 

The suggestions of the second Administrative Reforms Commission to be implemented.

 

A bold step for a corruption-free state. Rs. 5 lakh each as whistle-blower’s award for exposing corruption above Rs 5 crores.

Two mobile applications Arising Kerala and Whistle Now with public participation for eradicating corruption.

Measures taken based on methods of the anti-corruption agency Transparent International for preparing corruption index in government departments with the goal of ‘Zero Tolerance to Corruption.’

Additionally, awareness programmes like Eduvigil, Viginet, N.S.S. Vigil Help Desk, Trans Vigil, Ente Gramam, Water Vigil, etc.

Induction training for staff in order to mould a corruption-free civil service.

Social audit was introduced in Public Works department. This is a first for the department in the country. Vigilance department was expanded. Action against corruption. Awareness programmes for engineers. Action to totally eliminate unscientific modes of construction, shortcomings in the estimate, pitfalls in supervision and corruption. Quality Inspection department and Highway Research Institute were strengthened.

An uncompromising stance is taken against corruption in Revenue department. 54 officers were suspended and action taken against 130 so far. The inspection wing at the Collectorate was given Vigilance powers and a Vigilance and Inspection unit started functioning under a senior Superintendent.

Effective steps are taken to minimize corruption in Finance department and increase pooling of resources. Steps taken to weed out corruption including at check posts. New security measures in lottery.

Water Resources department gave emphasis to e-tendering activities.

Action taken to combine Panchayat, Urban Affairs and Urban Planning departments into Local Self-Government Public Service.

 

 

E-governance to be made effective. (All departments)

 

All departments in the Secretariat have moved to e-office. E-office is being implemented in a time-bound manner in Collectorates and offices of important department Heads.

Public Works department rolled out PRICE software. Action taken to complete G.I.S mapping of assets including roads, bridges and buildings. Toll-free number available for comments.

E-payment and e-stamp were implemented in Registration department.

Comprehensive system modernization in Treasury, Lottery, Commercial Tax and K.S.F.E. under Finance department. Core banking came into effect in Treasuries. Integrated Financial Management System (I.F.M.S) was implemented for finance management. System to pay charges of government services through mobile phone from Treasury account is getting completed. Core solution implemented in K.S.F.E. New servers and software in Commercial Tax and Lottery. Comprehensive system modernization in Commercial Tax prior to implementing GST.

A web-based system called ‘For the People’ was started for quick redressal of grievances in Local Administration department. Estimates, tenders and bills of work undertaken by the local governing institutions were compulsorily done through PRICE software. E-tended was implemented for public works above Rs. 5 lakh. Steps were initiated to totally implement e-payment in local bodies. It was fully implemented in Malappuram district. Property tax and possession certificate are done online. A Rs. 6 crore project to enable Panchayat Directorate, District offices and 941 village Panchayats to improve service and upgrade to I.S.O standards.

Computerization of ration shops started being implemented with the installation of biometric instrument E-POS to make the ration process transparent and free of malpractices. Technical system tender process is in final stage. Tender process for the G.P.S system in vehicles transporting ration goods is also in final stage. 50% files in the Food and Civil Supplies Department has shifted to e-office. Supply chain management system came into being. End to end computerization process is in final stage.

Steps are taken to implement integrated core banking in the Cooperative sector.

Revenue department is going for fully online registration. Land records were digitized in 1116 villages. Out of 884 villages where digitization and survey of land records were completed sketches of properties in 551 villages can be seen in the Survey department’s web portal. Fees can be paid online and printout taken. The department is aiming for a consolidated digital land information collection and execution. Revenue recovery procedure is online. All certificates from Revenue department can be obtained online. Comprehensive survey and digitization of land records through ultra-modern E.T.S G.P.S technology under the leadership of special teams.

Labour Commissionerate under Labour Department is becoming paperless. Commissionerate made all its services online through automation. Registers to be maintained by employers, documents to be submitted, firm registration as per labour laws, renewal, trade union registration and related matters are all done online.

Wage Protection Scheme to ensure wages in private sector are paid as e-payment was implemented in all districts. Steps are underway to link the district offices of Tourism department, directorate, administrative department and Minister’s office through e-office.

Motor Vehicles Department has started issuing driving license and fitness certificate on the day of the test itself. The project which started in Thiruvananthapuram R.T Office will be extended to other places. Project to make license and other details in smart card format is progressing. Online services of motor vehicle department are being expanded. License and registration will be made online. Cameras were installed on the National Highway from Cherthala to Manjeswaram and selected places in Kannur, Thrissur, Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Kollam districts.

E-office was implemented in the Directorate of Animal Husbandry. A software based mechanism for live monitoring of associated projects was set up in 2016-17. 1248 computer tablets were given to livestock inspectors.

Forest department carries out e-governance of forest conservation through FMIS GIS. The website was updated by including more services. E-auction and e-tender are published there. Timber sale is completely online. Compensation for wild animal attack is done by e-transfer. Digital maps are prepared by special data infrastructure.

House construction and educational benefits in Scheduled Tribes and Backward Welfare department are fully computerized. Project is ready for computerization of treatment assistance (i.e., going online).

E-health project being implemented in the Health department is aimed at using diagnosis, treatment, etc as an integrated information databank.

Dairy development department has computerized all its offices. E-governance is being implemented in stages. Cattle fodder subsidy is now a direct benefit transfer. Dairy farmer welfare fund benefits will be directly credited to account. Biometric system for life certificate. The quality and quantity of milk will be available to the dairy farmers through integrated software in dairy cooperatives. Online inspection for milk coming via check posts during festival seasons.

Steps are taken to address the complaints and issues received at the Tourism department within 30 days.

Additional district magistrates were appointed as grievance redressal officers in Food and Civil Supplies department. Temporary responsibility of the state level Food Commission was given to State Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum. Call Center online grievance redressal mechanism is ready.

Public Works department Minister’s office were made e-office. Complaints are solved in a time-bound manner and informed to the complainants by post.

Toll-free number for complaints in the Labour department. Trade union registration was completed in a timely manner.

Right to Services Act of 2012 was implemented. 14,547 complaints out of 15,558 received last year were solved.

Settlements within 30 days in Museum and Zoo department.

Dairy development department settles issues in time-bound manner.

If complaints or requests are rejected, facilities will be instituted to re-examine the issue and ensure clarity, with people’s participation.

 

Civil Supplies department started special vigilance committees and social auditing procedures at state, district, taluk and fair price ration shop levels. They are examined at high official level in the Forest department and action taken. People’s participation method will be implemented at district level in the Dairy development department.

 

The Directorate system followed by the central government, which is decentralized and more effective, shall be introduced to replace the Secretariat-based system. This will be implemented while safe-guarding the rights of the employees.

 

Action not taken yet.
Service centres will be opened to make all government services available through a single window.

 

Steps to make all government services online are in the final stage. A mobile app is built for it and security audit is in progress.

‘Ease of Doing Business’ is implemented for more industry friendliness. An online system for this and a common application form combining forms of different departments are being set up. Law amendment regarding this is on the anvil.

Single window clearance board operates at district and state levels to grant clearances and licenses to small scale industries in the Industry department. A single window clearance board was formed in 6 industrial parks of KINFRA and K.S.I.D.C.

Block level unit offices in the Dairy development department offers services in the capacity of ‘Farmer Information Centers’.

Right to Information Act to be implemented effectively.

 

All departments including Public Works, Registration, Labour, Excise, Finance, Coir, Water Resources, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Welfare, Forests, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Museum make information available in a time-bound manner