The State government will present a report to the people on November 1 on the implementation of the One-year Programme of the government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Tuesday.
Talking to the media after a special meeting of the Cabinet, the Chief Minister said the Cabinet had reviewed the overall progress of the programme, announced a year ago, and found it satisfactory.
The Cabinet also reviewed the implementation of the Plan. While expenditure was found to be better than the corresponding period last year, expenditure by local self-government institutions was found to be lower than last year’s. The performance in the implementation of Centrally sponsored programmes by the State was poor.
The Chief Minister said that he, along with Minister for Panchayats M.K. Muneer, would hold discussions with select panchayat presidents to find out the bottlenecks in Plan implementation and take on-the-spot decisions on solving them.
Right to Services
Mr. Chandy said the Right to Services Act would be enforced from November 1. A draft on the services to be brought under the Act and the modalities of providing the services was ready. A Cabinet subcommittee would discuss it with employees’ organisations on October 18. The Cabinet had already discussed the matter with Secretaries to the government.
He said the government had taken a decision to entrust the work on the Kochi Metro Rail project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sometime back. This would now be communicated to the director board of Kochi Metro Rail Limited. It was up to the director board to examine whether the proposal infringed any directives of the Central Vigilance Commission and take necessary decisions. The government proposed to entrust the monorail projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode also to the DMRC.
Asked about the criticism by Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan about the delay in the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project, the Chief Minister said the previous government headed by Mr. Achuthanandan had delayed it for over two years saying that the project was not economically viable.
He said that efforts were on for a solution to the Vilappilsala issue in Thiruvananthapuram. He hoped that a solution would be found for solid waste management. He was willing to talk to the residents of Vilappilsala if the issue over the waste treatment plant could be settled.
Replying to a question, Mr. Chandy said that action would be taken against the people allegedly encroaching upon land allocated to tribes in 2001-02 in Munnar after an inquiry. “They would suffer losses,” he warned.
Replying to another question, he said that the government would give more assistance to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.