Policy on the anvil to address garbage issue

The second phase of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government’s flagship programme to allocate land for landless citizens in the State will commence soon, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

Inaugurating the annual meeting to review the performance of government departments and district collectorates here on Monday, Mr. Chandy said that 1,43,000 people had registered their names with the government to benefit from the first phase of the programme. The government had identified land for nearly one lakh applicants.

With real estate fast becoming a speculative commodity in the State, the price of land has risen beyond the reach of the common man. The government intents to provide at least three cents of land for those who seek to benefit from the scheme.

The Chief Minister said a significant number of dispossessed people in Kerala seemed to be unaware of the programme. He urged heads of district administration to create awareness about the benefits of the scheme.

Garbage disposal and sewage treatment were the major public health and environment issues faced by the State. The government was formulating a comprehensive and forward looking policy to address the issues in a scientific, sustainable and green manner.

The drawbacks of earlier garbage disposal models implemented in Kerala, including the use of archaic technology, had resulted in environment pollution in localities where the plants were set up. It resulted in local resistance. The district administrations should address this issue. They should opt for environment friendly and non-polluting technologies to set up garbage disposal and sewage treatment plants.

The government should ensure that the owners of land which it took over for public purpose were adequately and quickly compensated.

The Chief Minister said District Collectors should ensure that the government’s decision to underwrite the interest element of educational loans, less than Rs.3 lakh, be implemented without any dilution. The Collectors should get in touch with lead banks and ensure that it was done.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Finance Minister K.M. Mani, Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed, Industries Minister P. K. Kunhalikutty, Education Minister Abdu Rabb, Culture Minister K.C. Joseph, Excise Minister K. Babu, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash, Minister for Panchayat M.K. Muneer, Food Minister Anoop Jacob, Chief Secretary E.K. Bharath Bhushan and State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian were present.

  • Speedy disbursal of compensation for land

  • Eco-friendly garbage disposal steps mooted