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Updated: September 29, 2012 02:29 IST

Kerala government eyeing land deals, says Thomas Isaac

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T.M. Thomas Isaac says the government has failed to protect entrepreneurial endeavours. Photo: Special Arrangement
T.M. Thomas Isaac says the government has failed to protect entrepreneurial endeavours. Photo: Special Arrangement

Former Finance Minister and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader T.M. Thomas Isaac has alleged that the State government is eyeing land deals on the pretext of promoting new entrepreneurial investments.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a public function here on Friday.

Dr. Isaac said the non-conducive atmosphere for existing enterprises in the State was the reason behind companies like Kitex leaving the State. Even while holding the Emerging Kerala summit to draw foreign and private investments, the government has failed to protect existing entrepreneurial endeavours, which are being closed down one after another.

The United Democratic Front government has taken no measures for the 10 public sector ventures initiated by the previous Left Democratic Front government at an expense of Rs.46 crore.

Dr. Isaac said his party would stage a State-wide protest bringing together the trade unions in various industries fighting against the closure of industries.

He urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to explain why he supported M.M. Hassan against whom allegations regarding his shares in Janasree Micro Fin Limited had been raised.

Later inaugurating a seminar on ‘Development of Kerala and Women,’ organised by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) at the Jawahar auditorium here, Dr. Isaac said that though the male-female ratio in the State was 1000:1077, it was 1000:145 in terms of employment.

Major obstacle

This trend is seen in both rural and urban areas. A major obstacle in the uplift of women could be lack of job opportunities, he observed.

Women-oriented projects and those that uplift her social status than her living conditions are required.

He said the Janasree mission was more of a collective of Congress workers and their sycophants unlike the Kudumbasree which was a neighbourhood group devoid of any religious or political affiliations.

Former Minister P.K. Sreemathy presided over the seminar. AIDWA State secretary K.K. Shylaja presented a development report on the occasion.

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