Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph has called upon the people to recognise the importance of developing infrastructure in the State, which, he said, is now on the fast track of development.
Delivering his address at the Independence Day function at the Police Parade Ground here on Wednesday, he said the airport coming up here was one of the three airport projects being directly monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office. The airport project here should be seen as a reflection of the State’s progress. Future development of the State should be considered while trying to overcome the present inconvenience.
The Minister said that as the entire country was set to be a major economic power in the world, steps should be taken to protect the fundamental rights of citizens to make freedom meaningful. The Right to Education Act, the employment guarantee programme and the Right to Information Act were steps in that direction.
He said that the Right to Service Act of the State government was a further step. The government was planning to introduce a Right to Health Care Bill.
Stating that defiance of constitutional institutions and the judiciary could not be accepted, the Minister said the government was duty-bound to protect the life and property of citizens.
The Minister reviewed the parade attended by contingents of the police, Excise and Forest personnel, band troupes of the Kerala Armed Police and the Defence Security Corps, and members of the National Cadets Corps, the Student Police, Scouts and Guides and the Junior Red Cross.
District Collector Rathan Kelkar and District Police Chief Rahul R. Nair were present.