Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Thursday that the United Democratic Front (UDF) government would soon launch a new programme, Vision 2030, focussing on the overall development of various sectors in the State.
The State government would launch a one-year plan of action soon after the 100-day programme. During this period, proposals that could not be taken up or completed under the 100-day programme and several new projects would be identified for implementation. The proposed Vision 2030 programme would succeed the one-year plan of action, Mr. Chandy said in an interview with The Hindu.
“The main objective of Vision 2030 is to rediscover Kerala and the enormous opportunities in various sectors in terms of investments and employment, not to mention production and productivity,” the Chief Minister said.
“Since Independence, Kerala can talk only about its losses in terms of development. The Malayali diaspora is quite amazing. They have done very well in every field in their area of domicile. But in the State, Malayalis are a total failure. Earlier, we used to depend on rice and essential commodities on neighbouring States. Things have come to such a pass that Kerala has to depend on other States for raw materials such as husk for the coir industry despite being known as the land of coconut,” Mr. Chandy said.
The Vision 2030 document would be a modest attempt to address the myriad issues faced by the State. The next generation should be able to find employment in the State itself and those working elsewhere should be able to return home and contribute to its development, Mr. Chandy said.
The Chief Minister hoped that the UDF government's new functioning style would help capitalise on the opportunities for growth.
“I can make claims of crossing a milestone only after Vision 2030 is taken up for implementation,” Mr. Chandy said.