: The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) hopes to make political gain from the Rs. 11,123-crore Kasaragod package announced by the State Cabinet as recommended by the Kerala Planning Board.

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala has every reason to feel satisfied with the decision, because it was triggered by his ‘Sneha Sandesha Yatra’ undertaken from May 10 to 14, 2012. He had submitted a report to the government on the basis of a compilation of the petitions and opinions he had received at the yatra and the subsequent development seminar the KPCC had organised. The State government had appointed the then Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran to study the issues and submit recommendations for the development of the most backward district in the State. The single-member Prabhakaran committee had submitted a long list of recommendations, including one for a special package for the development of the district.

The Planning Board later approved the recommendations, leading to the formal announcement of the development package. Responding to the government’s decision, Mr. Chennithala, while welcoming it, said that it would pave the way for the speedy development of this backward district. He wanted the State government to ensure that the package proposals were implemented in a time- bound manner.