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Steps on to revise Kerala Forest Manual, says Benoy Viswom

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GREEN MESSAGE: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom addresses the 27th State conference of the Kerala Forest Ministerial Staff Union in Thrissur on Friday.
GREEN MESSAGE: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom addresses the 27th State conference of the Kerala Forest Ministerial Staff Union in Thrissur on Friday.

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‘Sand from Malampuzha dam will be made available for M.N. Housing Scheme'

Thrissur: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said the Left Democratic Front government is making serious efforts to revise the Kerala Forest Manual. He was addressing the 27th State conference of the Kerala Forest Ministerial Staff Union here on Friday.

“A meeting will be held next week to discuss the proposed revision,” the Minister said.

He said the government was taking legal steps to solve a deadlock on promotions for employees in the Forest Department following a Kerala High Court case involving an employee.

‘Plant trees'

Bureaucratic hurdles and excessive technical formalities were preventing the administrative machinery from helping the public.

“A mass movement against bureaucratic hubris and administrative lethargy is needed,” he said. He noted that corruption in politics was the source of corruption in administration.

“To solve this, workers' unions should intervene creatively.”

He urged employees to grow trees in all vacant areas on the premises of the Forest Department offices.

Later, addressing a meeting to review the M.N. Housing Scheme, Mr. Viswom said that sand from the Malampuzha dam would be routed through Nirmithi Kalavara, a margin-free market for building materials, for the housing scheme.

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