Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The budgetary allocation of a solid recurring grant for the Thunchanparambu at Tirur, home of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, has brought cheer to aficionados of Malayalam language and literature.

Thunchanparambu, a literary pilgrim centre named after the patriarch of the Malayalam language, has been allocated an annual grant of Rs.15 lakh.

The budgetary allocation by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has brought relief to the Thunchan Memorial Trust, headed by litterateur M.T. Vasudevan Nair.

Till now, the grant Thunchanparambu got from the government did not go beyond a couple of lakhs of rupees. Thunchanparambu maintains eight employees, including an administrator and a superintendent, and their salary alone comes to Rs.6-7 lakh a year.

The grants given by the government did not even meet the salary expenses of the employees who work at Thunchanparambu.

Museum work

“Now we can concentrate without much worries on the work of the museum,” P. Nandakumar, secretary of the trust, said. The second phase of the literary museum at Thunchanparambu is currently on. “But the work will never end. The museum needs constant updation,” Manambur Rajan Babu, poet, said.

For Vaidyar memorial

A sum of Rs.10 lakh has been allocated for the Mahakavi Moyinkutty Vaidyar Memorial, a centre at Kondotty engaged in promoting Mapila art and literary forms.

The government has also made budgetary allocations for a new police station at Mankada and a Joint Regional Transport Office at Tirurangadi.