: The Cabinet has approved in principle the recommendation of the Ramachandran Nair committee for an increase in bus fares in the State and formed a Cabinet subcommittee to examine the proposals.

The sub committee consisting of Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Finance Minister K.M. Mani, and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty will hold discussions with transport operators and decide on the quantum of increase. Revision of taxi and autorickshaw fares is also under consideration. A special meeting of the Cabinet, scheduled on October 9, will take final decisions on the fare revisions.

LPG cylinders

The Cabinet, which met here on Wednesday, proposed to consider a package for increasing the number of cooking gas (LPG) cylinders to be allotted to consumers at subsidised rates after discussions at various levels.

The ruling United Democratic Front had demanded that the families above the poverty line (APL) also be given cylinders on a par with those proposed to be given to families below the poverty line (BPL).

“The matter is under active consideration,” Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after the Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet decided to grant permissive sanction to local self-government institutions to provide a building tax cut of up to 10 per cent to houses using biogas plants or pipe compost for waste disposal. The Thiruvananthapuram Mayor had sought the cut.

Interest to be paid

The Cabinet decided to pay the interest on educational loans taken by BPL families from banks between 2004 and 2009 for the period of study.

This would be subject to the condition that the banks should forego the penal interest and charges.

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