Accident insurance scheme to be extended

Advance increments for medal winners

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to free small farmers of Wayanad district from repayment of farm loans not exceeding Rs.25,000, taken from cooperatives up to June 30, 2006. The benefit is available to farmers owning not more than one acre of farmland.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan told the media after the weekly Cabinet meeting that the government would take over the liabilities of the farmers to the cooperatives on the basis of the recommendations of the Farmers’ Debt Relief Commission.

Rs. 60 crore liabilities

The liabilities would come to about Rs.60 crore in total.

The Chief Minister said that waiver of farm loans in other districts would be considered after receiving the recommendations of the commission.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Cabinet was directing registration of all marriages in the State on the basis of a Supreme Court order.

The government had held discussions with religious organisations in this respect. According to an understanding reached, certificates of marriage issued by religious organisations too could be used for registration.

He announced that the accident insurance scheme for government employees would be extended to the teaching and non-teaching staff of aided schools and colleges and employees of panchayats and municipalities.

The Chief Minister said the sportsmen and sportswomen from State government service who had won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 33rd National Games would be given three, two and one advance increment respectively. K.C. Lekha, assistant, Finance Department, who won the World Boxing Championship, would be given three advance increments.

A Bachelor of Pharmacy course would be started at the Medical College in Kottayam.