Kerala Governor R. S. Gavai announced a programme for streamlining various rice farming activities, in the Assembly on Friday.
The key element of the ‘Ari Sree’ programme will be an official institutional arrangement to facilitate informal leasing of cultivable fallow land to farmers, agricultural labourers or self help groups for intensive cultivation for a fixed period. “My government will work out a mechanism to initiate the above programme,” the Governor said in his customary address to the Assembly at the beginning of the calendar year.
The following are the other programmes announced by the Governor in his address.
Onattukara Agriculture Development Package similar to Idukki and Kuttanad packages
Establishment of a model farm technicians and laborers bank facility in each district
Satellite based potential fishing zone advisories and digital information system in coastal areas
Special package for 73 high milk producing dairy blocks
Establishment of a financial institution for Dairy sector
Genome Lab in Thiruvananthapuram
New Cooperative Hospital at Punnapra in Alappuzha district
Cooperative Sector to provide Rs. 4000 crore for EMS Housing Scheme
Government to prepare 20 city and 225 village sanitation plans
Plus One and Plus Two curriculum to be reformed next year
National level institution for training of the officers of General Education Department
Existing Pareekaha Bhavan to be converted to Board for conducting SSLC, HSE and VHSE examinations
Sports University in Thiruvananthapuram
Formation of Sabarimala Master Plan Infrastructure Trust Fund for implementation of master plan
New scheme for betterment of unorganised domestic workers and temple workers except poojaris
Occupational Health Centre at Kollam
Comprehensive Scheme costing Rs. 148 crore for upliftment of ‘particularly vulnerable tribal groups’.
Development of industrial parks on land of closed PSUs
Surveillance cameras to be installed in all motor vehicle check posts
Formulation of comprehensive transport policy
New wildlife sanctuaries at Kottiyoor, New Amarambalam and Thirunelly
Buffer zone of Silent Valley to be declared a wildlife sanctuary
Youth Commission to be formed to deal with problems of youth.
Youth groups to be trained in disaster management.
Yuva Athithi Mandirams in all districts
Kerala Minerals Research Institute to support industry
Establihment of the Kerala Coir Marketing Company Limited with shareholdings of stake holders in the coir industry
Enhancement of wages of coir workers
Electronic police beat system based on radio frequency identification tags.