KOCHI: Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran has said that the entire lot of lift irrigation schemes in the State will be revamped and the works will begin this year itself.
Inaugurating a convention of the All Kerala Irrigation Project Workers’ Federation (affiliated to the UTUC) here on Tuesday, the Minister said that the work on minor irrigation schemes would be taken up under the schemes announced by the State government in the face of the economic slowdown.
The Minister said that Rs.200 crore from the State funds would be used to revamp the irrigation projects. The works would include replacing old pump sets, revamping pump houses, redoing electrical works, etc.
Mr. Premachandran said the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government was committed to revamping the irrigation schemes and this would create new employment opportunities.
The issues raised by the federation included regularisation of about 3,000 casual labourers who have been working for about three decades now. The Minister said that a seniority list for regularisation of services was almost ready and that the LDF government would honour its commitment to the employees. Federation president A.A. Azeez, MLA, RSP district secretary Edakkulam Hameed were among those present at the convention.