Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday that the government would soon take a decision on future administration of the Trivandrum Golf Club.

Speaking to the media after a meeting of the Cabinet, the Chief Minister said the arrangement would be such that the government would not lose any land. The running of the Golf Club could not be entrusted to the Kerala Sports Council, as it did not have the capability to do that.

Mr. Chandy maintained that the steps taken by the previous government for running of the club after its takeover by the government were not satisfactory. The government had so far spent Rs.22 lakh for maintenance after the takeover. Still, the golf course could not be maintained properly. Hence, the government was thinking of entrusting the management to capable hands.

The Chief Minister said the first anniversary celebrations of the government would be postponed to June 4-10 in view of the by-election from the Neyyattinkara Assembly constituency. Initially, the celebrations had been scheduled to begin on May 18.

Mr. Chandy said the Cabinet had decided to order an inquiry by the Collector into the accident at a quarry at Puthanangadi on the Vayala-Kadaplamattom road in Kottayam district which claimed three lives.

It had decided to appoint 54 claimants as overseers (third grade) in the Irrigation Department who had been advised for appointment by the Public Service Commission as back as in 2004 but had not got their postings. Peons in government service would be redesignated as office attendants.

He said the Social Welfare Department had been asked to prepare a project for care of orphaned children. The Cabinet had decided to give a job to Amavasi (who later adopted the name Poornachand) at the Swati Tirunal Music College here where he was studying for the final year for her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. He had lost his father at a young age and had lived as a rag-picker. He had lost an eye and his left hand in an explosion when he picked up a steel bomb. Later, the Satyasai Orphanage Trust adopted him and sent him to school. He was also sent for training in music, recognising his talent. He had performed in various music programmes on television.


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