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V. S. Achuthanandan
V. S. Achuthanandan

Special Correspondent

Kerala Dairy Farmers’ Welfare Fund Act to be amended to extend coverage

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has decided to amend the Kerala Dairy Farmers’ Welfare Fund Act through an ordinance to extend its coverage to more people.

Briefing presspersons after the weekly Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the Cabinet had decided to amend the Act so that those who supplied milk to milk cooperatives for five years could also become members of the welfare fund scheme. As things stand, only those who have supplied milk for 10 years are eligible for membership, he said.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the Cabinet had decided bring those engaged in sales promotion under the ambit of the Industrial Disputes Act. The 1947 Act would be amended for the purpose through an ordinance and a recommendation to this effect would be made to the Governor, he said.

He said a special land acquisition unit would be set up with its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram with a Deputy Collector and subordinate staff for development of national highways. It had also been decided to acquire 102.324 cents of land close to the Secretariat annexe as part of the fast track scheme for expansion of the Secretariat complex and another 4.04 hectares at Thalassery under the same scheme for setting up the proposed Circus Academy. 2.02 hectares of land at Vadakkethara village in Thrissur would be acquired for the College of Applies Sciences under the Institute of Human Resources Development. Ten ares of land currently in possession of the Police Department at Kollam East would be made available to the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

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