The city Corporation council decried on Monday, by adopting a resolution, the government’s move to transfer the administrative control of the Peroorkada hospital from the civic body to the Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat.
Moving the resolution, the former Mayor J. Chandra said the government order to this effect dated July 13 was in violation of the spirit of decentralised governance. The facility at Peoorkada is not a district hospital but a taluk hospital. As such, it cannot be transferred to the district panchayat. Moreover, the city Corporation over the years has invested crores of rupees to provide facilities of various kinds at the hospital. In another resolution, the council asked the government to revise norms in the Plan process so that the Corporation is able to invest a fixed percentage of its funds for the manufacturing sector. The stipulation that only a woman should be the beneficiary of housing schemes should be changed to allow men too to be included in such schemes, the resolution moved by councillor Palayam Rajan read.
A resolution moved by BJP councillor Ashok Kumar denounced the government order to allocate Rs. 3 lakh each to private trusts and institutions led by the Indian Union Muslim League. Following protests from the UDF councillors, the council passed the modified version of the resolution, which called on the government to reconsider its order on the matter.
The council also adopted a resolution calling for the renaming of the Sasthamangalam square as B. Vijayakumar square in memory of the Congress leader and MLA.