Spurt in hawala cases
District-level police teams to probe fake note cases
Eight police stations for coastal areas in State
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the Government will set up district-level police teams to probe fake note cases.
Replying to questions in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Balakrishnan said the probe into hawala deals was progressing. A 13-member high-level team headed by Ernakulam range IG Vinson M. Paul and comprising the Superintendents of Police of Malappuram and Kollam was probing the deals. Following the change from the Foreign Exchange Regulations Act (FERA) to Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the State had witnessed a spurt in hawala cases. Though the Centre had amended the Act to attract foreign investment, it had the opposite impact in the State. The State Government has taken up the matter with the Centre.
He said stringent action would be taken against officials involved in hawala deals. Eight police stations will be set up in the State to step up vigil in the coastal areas. The first station will be at Neendakara. The jail advisory committee had recommended the release of 72 prisoners, and 22 had been released. No decision had been taken on releasing those undergoing punishment for committing crimes against women and children. The prison rules and manual will be revised. The Vigilance raid held in seven districts special branch offices on July 7 had led to recovery of Rs.1,24,419. A cyber forensic analysis wing will be set up at the State Forensic Laboratory. The Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell will be strengthened.
A consultant will be appointed to prepare a master plan for developing Munnar as an international tourism destination, Mr. Balakrishnan said.
Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan said in a written reply that the Government was planning to conduct file disposal campaigns in all departments. Steps have been taken to handover the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology to the Centre.
Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said the Paddy Board was likely to be set up this year itself.
Excise Minister P.K. Gurudasan said 1,10,807.60 litres of spirit, 9,588.40 litres of arrack and 3,138.979 litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor were seized in special drive conducted in the State during Onam.