The Cabinet, on Monday, recommended to the Governor the enactment of two Ordinances for reconstitution of the Travancore, Cochin and Malabar Devaswom Boards.

The Ordinances will specify that only Hindu MLAs who declare themselves believers in God will be eligible to elect a member to the Board from the constituency of legislators. The other two members, including the president, will be nominated by the government. One of the positions will be reserved for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told presspersons after the Cabinet meeting that the Ordinances would amend the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act and Madras Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious and Charitable Institutions Act for the purposes.


The Chief Minister announced that K. Jayakumar, who is retiring as Chief Secretary in October-end, would be appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Malayalam university. The university comes into being on November 1.

Mr. Chandy said that the subsidy to paddy cultivators would be increased from Rs.350 a hectare to Rs.1,000 a hectare. The pumping subsidy would be fixed as Rs.750 a hectare. Currently, the actual expenditure was being paid as pumping subsidy to farmers in Kuttanad, while Rs.190 a hectare was being provided to farmers of Thrissur. A sum of Rs.35 lakh would be sanctioned for preliminary expenses of the Kole Development Committee formed with P.C. Chacko as chairman.

He said the Cabinet had approved the State Mental Health Rules. . The Cabinet had increased the salaries of temporary teachers and non-teaching staff in government polytechnics.

It sanctioned 11 more posts for the anti-piracy cell of the State police.