Kerala

10% more Plus One seats in six districts

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a 10% increase in Plus One seats in all government and aided higher secondary schools in six districts in northern Kerala.

The fillip to schooling is expected to benefit students in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kannur, Wayanad, and Kasaragod districts.

The government had earlier sanctioned another 20% increase in Plus One seats in all government and aided higher secondary schools.

The government will pay ₹10 lakh as relief to the family of Kevin Joseph, who died in mysterious circumstances after he was allegedly kidnapped by his in-laws from his relative’s house in Kottayam last month.

Kevin’s family could use the money drawn from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to purchase land and build a house. The Cabinet also decided to provide for the future education of Kevin’s wife, Neenu Chacko. It tasked the District Collector, Kottayam, to further pursue the matter. The Cabinet also released ₹2 lakh each to the families of the children who died in a school van accident at Maradu in Ernakulam. The amount will be paid to the survivors of Vidyalakshmi, daughter of Sanal of Nyathi Parambil House, and Adithyan S. Nair, son of Sreejith. The Cabinet also sanctioned ₹5 lakh to the survivors of Latha Unni, the school nursemaid who was with the children in the van when it skidded off the road and fell into a pond on Monday. The Cabinet decided to open two new police control rooms at Payyanur and Tanur . It sanctioned 40 news posts for the facilities.

New medical college

The Cabinet sanctioned a new medical college in 40 acres of revenue land in Idukki village in Thodupuzha taluk in Idukki. It will hand over the property to the Health Department. However, the ownership will remain vested with the Revenue Department. At Puthussery west village, the government sanctioned 8.8 hectares for the Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad.

The government will give ₹3,000 every month for the next one year to 74 fisher families who lost their dwellings to the Ockhi cyclone. They can use the money to pay rent till they move to new houses.

Officers of the Kerala subordinate judiciary will get 30% of their basic pay as interim relief. Pensioned judicial officers of the same category will get 30% of their pension as temporary relief.

The salary of employees in five Jawahar Bal Bhavans in the State will be revised.

Former Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar was appointed Director, Institute of Management in Government. Principal Secretary, Transport, K.R. Jyothilal was given additional charge of aviation.

Local Bodies (Urban) Department Additional Secretary K.R. Girija was transferred as Director, Urban Affairs Department. She has been given additional charge of Amrita Mission.

Additional Director, Tourism Department, Jaffar Malik, was appointed Director, Social Justice Department. He will also assume charge as Director, Planning (CPMU).

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