State Planning Board Vice-Chairman K.M. Chandrasekhar has said that Kerala has the capability to register 7.5 per cent growth over the next 20 to 30 years.

Inaugurating a seminar on the ‘Role of Government Servants in Promoting Growth’ organised by the State Gazetted Officers’ Union here on Monday, Mr. Chandrasekhar said the government employees had a major role to play in making this possible. The State employees should be realistic and should have a positive approach to change, he said.

Kerala, Mr. Chandrasekhar said, had shown signs of sustained growth and the growth rate had been 9 to 9.5 per cent in the past two years. There had been a substantial decline in the poverty levels, an increase in the growth of tourism, exports and migration, moderate growth in the manufacturing sector and a substantial increase in urbanisation.

“Collectively, we should ensure that the procedures, laws and rules are changed wherever necessary to speed up growth. Government services need to be proactive and the existing mechanisms should be made more efficient,” he said.