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A Minister will be in charge in each district

Ministers will review progress of measures: VS

Land for sewage treatment plant in Kozhikode

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Wednesday that urgent measures would be taken to check the spread of contagious diseases in many parts of the State following the onset of rains.

The Cabinet Minister told the media after a meeting of the Cabinet that Ministers would review the progress of preventive measures and rush help to areas hit by the contagion.

A Minister had been put in charge of sanitation and other measures in each district. Steps would be taken to provide urgent relief to the people.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Cabinet had not decided on a successor to Chief Secretary K. J. Mathew who was retiring on May 31. There was no policy that those on Central deputation would not be considered for the post. Last time, the government had preferred someone serving in the State as those on deputation were committed to their service at the Centre. The government was examining the availability of officers suitable for the posting now.

He said that 13 acres near Kozhikode could be handed over to the Kozhikode city Corporation for building a sewage treatment plant. The land belonged to the Tourism Department.

On resignation

The Chief Minister declined to respond to media reports that a majority of the district secretaries of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had sought his resignation at the ongoing meeting of the party State committee.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the discussions were continuing in the State committee. He could respond only when the committee concluded its deliberations.

When the committee is in session, the media would carry reports on the basis of information they received. “Where will things head for if I am to act on the basis of media reports? You will come to know of the decisions when the meeting concludes.”

Asked whether there were demands for his resignation at the committee, the Chief Minister said he did not wish to share the details of the deliberations with the media.

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