Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announced plans for creating a vibrant industrial climate in the State and measures for improving the living standards of the poor in his customary address to the Assembly on Friday.
The proposals included setting up of a national industrial manufacturing zone; petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals industrial region; integrated hi-tech IT townships; and other infrastructure. An innovation zone would be set up in Kochi with an initial investment of Rs.100 crore to promote entrepreneurship.
“My government realises that it is through unleashing the potential of entrepreneurs, reforming the public sector and making meaningful investments in infrastructure and development projects that substantial rewards will accrue to the State,” the Governor said.
Mr. Bhardwaj said the government gave very high priority to e-governance. The e-district project providing 23 citizen services was ready to be rolled out into remaining districts. e-procurement and e-tendering would be introduced in all major departments to ensure greater transparency. He said the government was in the process of preparing a new agrarian policy. Establishment of a farmers’ welfare fund board and farmers’ tribunal was under consideration. The programme to propagate organic farming was under way and Kerala would be declared an ‘Organic Farming State’ by 2016.
Security for women
As the first step towards making the entire State women- and child-friendly, a panchayat in every district would be declared ‘Woman and Child Friendly Panchayat’ during 2013-14. The government was also drawing up a defining legislation “that will ensure security to all women,” the Governor said.
A special purpose vehicle would be created to integrate implementation of housing schemes under various departments and agencies. Land would be provided to all the landless. The Ashraya programme for the destitute would be made more inclusive. The Kudmbasree would continue its yeoman efforts in poverty alleviation. Steps were being taken for effective waste management in urban and rural local bodies. He said the government would pursue the goal of strengthening the fiscal and macro-economic stability of the State. There had been a distinct surge in capital expenditure in the State during the last 20 months.
The government had done its best to adhere to fiscal targets, and fiscal deficit had been brought down.