Special Correspondent

Speed governor will be made compulsory for tipper lorries

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a road policy. The policy details, among other things, measures for ensuring road safety. Ordinances will be brought to set up a road safety authority and road safety fund.

The Cabinet decided to recommend promulgation of Ordinances for collection of cess for welfare of handloom workers and fishermen from employers and exporters. The cess will be credited to their welfare funds.

It also decided to form a Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It will have a chairman and two members. An Ordinance will be issued for formation of the Commission. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting that the Centre had directed all States to form such commissions. There was already a commission at the Central level.

The Cabinet had decided to create 1,225 posts of principals in higher secondary schools. This was a long-standing issue. Senior teachers would be promoted as principals.

Mr. Chandy announced that the stipend of postgraduate students in medicine would be enhanced to Rs.10,000 a month. Those studying for super specialities would get Rs.12,500 a month. Henceforth, there would not be any annual increase in fees. The demand for introduction of a residency system would be considered.

The Institute of Land Management would be given 6.76 acres for its campus. Mahila Swastik Sangh volunteers would be granted a festival allowance of Rs.200 this year also. All the 7,594 volunteers who had received the allowance last year would be eligible.

The Cabinet had also decided to confirm 27 employees of the Kerala House in Delhi in their posts. A conference of members of Parliament would be convened on January 25.

The Government, he said, had conceded the public demand to resettle 48 families who had lost their houses on account of sea erosion on the Ambalappuzha coast.