Category: Letters

Letter to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Dear Shri. Ram Vilas Paswan Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention regarding the delay in the release of minimum support price due to paddy farmers in the State, for the procurements made by the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation.

Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation is the state implementing agency for the paddy procurement, processing and distribution under DCP Scheme and has procured 4.527 LMT from the registered farmers in 2016-17 season. An amount of Rs. 182.06 crore towards minimum support price is yet to be disbursed to the farmers due to the non release from the Ministry. The proposal for the release of the said amount is pending in the Ministry. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister (Trivandrum Railway Division issue)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention to the critical issues related to rail development in the State and the urgency for formation of the Peninsular Railway Zone with headquarters at Ernakulam to speed up ongoing projects as well as those in the pipeline.

As you are aware that Kerala has inadequate rail infrastructure and with the railways not able to make the required investment, the state has incorporated a joint venture company with 51:49 equity with railways. With the zonal office located in Chennai, the decision making has been slow and many projects like Rapid Rail transit system, Thalassery-Mysore, Angamaly-Sabari, Guruvayoor-Thirunavaya and the coach factory at Palakkad are pending for a very long time. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Railways

Dear Shri. Suresh Prabhuji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention to the critical issues related to rail development in the State and the urgency for formation of the Peninsular Railway Zone with headquarters at Ernakulam to speed up ongoing projects as well as those in the pipeline.

As you are aware that Kerala has inadequate rail infrastructure and with the railways not able to make the required investment, the state has incorporated a joint venture company with 51:49 equity with railways. With the zonal office located in Chennai, the decision making has been slow and many projects like Rapid Rail transit system, Thalassery-Mysore, Angamaly-Sabari, Guruvayoor-Thirunavaya and the coach factory at Palakkad are pending for a very long time. (more…)

Letter to the Prime Minister (Delhi University Admission Policy)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your attention, a practice adopted by the Delhi University, with regard to its admission policy, which is in violation of our Constitution and contrary to the purpose and spirit of a Central University.

It has been reported that several languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, including Malayalam, are not a part of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) list considered by the university. It means they cannot be included in calculation of the `best of four’ marks, which determines the aggregate score for admission into DU. Aspiring students who include languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam in their ‘best of four’ are being subjected to a 2.5% deduction in their aggregate marks, because these languages are not `academic subjects’ listed by the University. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Human Resource Development

Dear Shri.Prakash Javadekar Ji,

I would like to bring to your attention, a practice adopted by the Delhi University, with regard to its admission policy, which is in violation of our Constitution and contrary to the purpose and spirit of a Central University.

It has been reported that several languages included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, including Malayalam, are not a part of the Modern Indian Languages (MIL) list considered by the university. It means they cannot be included in calculation of the `best of four’ marks, which determines the aggregate score for admission into DU. Aspiring students who include languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam in their ‘best of four’ are being subjected to a 2.5% deduction in their aggregate marks, because these languages are not `academic subjects’ listed by the University. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Urban Development

Dear Shri. Venkaiah Naidu Ji,

Implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in Kerala was initiated in September 2015. Government of Kerala appreciates the policy of empowering the States to prioritise and select the projects under AMRUT.

As envisaged in the Mission Guidelines, Kerala has submitted three State Annual Action Plans which have been approved by the Ministry of Urban Development within the first 18 months. The State has also received the 20% advance of central assistance for SAAP-I (on 16th Dec 2015) and SAAP-II (on 28th Sep 2016. The Central funds along with the matching state share have been transferred to the State Mission Directorate. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Civil Aviation

Dear Shri. Ashok Gajapati Raju Ji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention and seek your early intervention in correcting an impractical circular direction issued by the Deputy Airport Health Officer in Kozhikode Airport, with regard to Dead body clearance at the International Airport.

Deputy Airport Health officer has issued new directions citing International Health Rule (IHR-2005) & Indian Aircraft Public Heath Rule (IAPHR 1954/2015) that, prior approval of Airport Health Officer at least 48 hours in advance is required before bringing the HUM/Dead body to International Airport in India and that embalming certificate, death certificate and two other certificates have to be submitted to APHO/HI at pre-immigration Health Counter at the time of HUM clearance. (more…)

Letter to the Chief Minister of Karnataka

Dear Shri. Siddaramaiah ji,

I like to bring to your kind attention the serious concern and anxiety among the Nursing Students from Kerala studying in Zulekha Nursing College, Mangalore on account of the college losing the affiliation to the Indian Nursing Council.

The students have taken educational loans and their families have also borrowed other funds for sending them to the college which had the affiliation at the time of their joining the college. (more…)

Letter to the Minister of Road Transport Highways & Shipping

Dear Shri. Nitin Gadkariji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention, few issues relating to development of National Highways (NH), for speedy implementation, in Kerala.

The work on the development and up gradation works of existing NH from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram into 4/6 lane road is showing slow progress. Development work in Kerala with nine projects covers a length of 534.700 km. The State Government has been extending the required support for land acquisition and preliminary works and is ready to render any further assistance.

Two review meeting have been taken by me with the NHAI authorities. PWD Minister had also convened two meetings in this regard. The NHAI authorities had assured speedy action for land acquisition and tendering the nine projects simultaneously. They had assured that the projects from Kasaragod (Kerala/Karnataka Border) to Kozhikode (Ramanattukara) would be tendered by May 2017. But I understand that only two projects ( Thalassery-Mahe Bypass (Km 170/200-188/000) and Kozhikode Bypass (Km 230/400-258/800) out of nine projects are under bidding stage, now. (more…)

Letter to Prime Minister: Hindustan Lifecare

Dear Narendra Modiji,

I am writing this letter to bring an important matter of serious concern to the State of Kerala, to your kind attention and prompt intervention.

The Hindustan Latex Limited (later rechristened as HLL Lifecare Limited) was incorporated in the year 1966 under the control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The company was set up in Kerala primarily because of the easy availability of the basic raw material, ‘latex’ required for the manufacture of condoms, in the State. I may also add that the State Government had played a participatory role by handing over nearly 19 acres of land at prime locations free of cost for establishing the units of HLL Lifecare Ltd. in the state.

During the course of nearly five decades, the company has expanded its operations to reach out to the States of Karnataka, Haryana and Madhyapradesh, in addition to Kerala. The company is engaged in wide range of activities and is recognised as a corporate health care delivery company in major health care programmes of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. HLL has an excellent record of continuous profit making.

In Kerala, HLL has been engaged in a series of activities to make health care accessible and affordable to the common man. This has been possible because it is a 100% Government of India Company, deeply committed to national policies and goals. The fact that the Government of India has retained HLL as a strategic partner all these years speaks eloquently of its track record and commitment.

What causes concern now is the reported move of the Government of India to sell the company to private sector. If such a decision is taken, it will certainly affect in an adverse manner not only more than 5000 employees of the company and their families, but the society at large. The pro- active role so far played by the company in the programmes of the Government of India relating to population control, immunisation and healthcare, I am afraid, will become thing of the past. The Government of Kerala, which has been looking forward to further consolidation and expansion of the activities of HLL, providing job opportunities and ensuring a sound system of healthcare, is really concerned at the proposed move without taking the State Government into confidence.

I would seek your timely intervention in this matter to advise the concerned Ministry not to go ahead with the move to privatise a profit making and socially committed public sector undertaking. I further request you that any decision in the matter may be taken only after effective consultation with the State Government which has high stakes in the continued functioning of the HLL in the Public Sector.

With regards,
Yours sincerely,

(PINARAYI VIJAYAN)