The government is planning to set up exclusive camps for migrant labourers in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, Labour Minister Shibu Baby John has said.
Mr.Shibu said in reply to questions in the Assembly on Thursday that the camps will provide all facilities to the workers and also help to collect their details. The department has issued labour cards to 18,000 migrant workers. It has been targeted to issue 1 lakh cards within a year. In the absence of statistics about migrant workers, the government is planning to engage the students of Loyola and Ragagiri colleges for conducting a survey. The number of job-seekers in the State from 2005 to 2010 has been estimated at 4310345, he said.
Minister for Industries and Information Technology P.K.Kunhalikutty said that 148 government websites were hacked till March 2009. Minister for Agriculture and Printing K.P.Mohanan said that the total outlay for Idukki package was Rs.765 crore. The State government has submitted projects worth Rs.391 crore, of which projects for 234 crore have been approved. A committee has been formed for expediting the execution of the project. A proposal for setting up a price stability fund for Rs.250 crore is pending with the Centre. The high-tech dairy farm at Kolahalamedu in Idukki will be inaugurated in January. The government would give pension to government press workers. Steps have been taken to avert the delay in issuing gazette notifications.
Minister for Cooperation C.N.Balakrishnan said that cooperative banks gave education loans worth Rs.1762.73 crore to 1451 students in 2010-11. As many as 1693 cooperative societies were running in loss. Since the UDF government assumed office, the vigilance wing of the department has ordered probe into 10 cases of financial irregularities. Inquiry into two cases have been completed. The Consumer Marketing Federation is planning to set up Sushrusha Clinical Laboratories at all district headquarters and talus for conducting tests at affordable rates.