Kerala

LDF alone can bring State’s progress: CM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurating an election campaign meet of LDF candidate K.U. Janeeshkumar in Konni on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurating an election campaign meet of LDF candidate K.U. Janeeshkumar in Konni on Tuesday.  

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‘Government has sanctioned ₹1,273 crore for Sabarimala development in three years’

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government, through its three-and-half-year rule, could successfully redeem the State from its backwardness brought about by the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government on all fronts, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

Mr Vijayan was addressing various election campaign meetings of the LDF candidate, K.U. Janeeshkumar, in Konni on Tuesday.

He said LDF alone could bring about such a redemption of the State and that too in a such a short span of time.

‘People know’

The people of Kerala very well knew the pathetic condition of the State prior to the LDF assuming power, he said.

Mr Vijayan said the State’s agriculture sector could get a new verve ever since the LDF came to power. Kerala had witnessed a big leap in the fields of agriculture, industrial and infrastructure development, healthcare and education, he said.

The government had already disbursed assistance worth ₹1,310 crore to the nearly 4 lakh crisis-ridden rubber growers in the State.

The government was planning to float a CIAL-model company for promoting rubber products, the Chief Minister said.

Mr Vijayan said the government was going ahead with its plan to set agro parks aimed at converting all agriculture produces into value-added products.

The public sector units that were reeling under a loss worth ₹131 crore during the previous UDF government had been made profit-making units in the past three and half years, he said.

The LDF government had disbursed the welfare pension arrears worth ₹1,800 crore, besides enhancing the pension amount from ₹600 to ₹1,200, he said.

Welfare pension

As many as 52 lakh people were getting welfare pension across the State, he added.

Mr Vijayan said issuing title deeds (pattayam) to all eligible settler farmers was a declared policy of the LDF government and the government had already issued 1,07,765 title deeds as part of it.

The State, under the LDF government, was heading towards a new development revolution, he said.

Sabarimala development

The Chef Minister said the government had sanctioned ₹1,273 crore for Sabarimala development during its first three years as against the ₹212 crore sanctioned by the previous UDF government in its first three-year period.

“The Bharatiya-Janata Party-led Union government has been selling the shares of various public sector institutions across the country. The BJP too followed the liberalisation and globalisation policy earlier introduced by the Congress government,’’ he alleged.

Mr Vijayan sad the government would go ahead with its plan to set up the proposed Sabari Greenfield Airport at the Cheruvally Estate, near Erumeli.

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