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Study on high-speed railway corridors

Land acquisition for road connecting M.C. Road, NH 49

Permanent Lok Adalat in Ernakulam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday approved the State’s annual Plan for the coming year, pegged at Rs.10,000 crore. The proposed outlay is about 12 per cent higher than the outlay of Rs.8,920 crore for the current year (2009-10).

The Plan envisages higher allocations for almost all sectors, particularly higher education, ports and harbours, agriculture and animal husbandry, industry, information technology, sports and tourism. The government is envisaging major investments in the ports and sports sectors in the coming year.

The Plan proposes three new schemes — an urban employment guarantee scheme, an income support scheme for the traditional sectors and a scheme to meet the energy needs of remote tribal hamlets and other areas inhabited by the poor. The Plan will now need the nod of the Planning Commission.

The Cabinet gave clearance, in principle, for the establishment of high-speed railway corridors between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod and Kochi and Palakkad.

Briefing the media on the Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would be entrusted with a preliminary study on the project. The State Industries Development Corporation would be the nodal agency.

The Chief Minister announced that all fishermen and allied workers who are members of the Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund and those receiving pensions from the Fund would be made beneficiaries of the scheme for providing rice at Rs.2 a kg to the poor.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Union government and the World Bank would be requested to recognise proposals for the second phase of the Jalanidhi and strengthening of local self-governments as separate projects for assistance. An outlay of Rs.1,200 crore had been proposed for assistance from the World Bank under each project.

The Cabinet, he said, decided to acquire land for the bypass connecting M.C. Road to National Highway 49 on a fast track basis.

An acre would be provided for the Tulu Akademi at Kadabara village in Kasaragod district on a 30-year lease.

A permanent Lok Adalat would be set up in Ernakulam. The government would take steps to enforce the amendments to the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, in Kerala.

IAS officer S. Subbaiah, who is returning from deputation to the Centre, would be posted as Excise Commissioner.

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