LDF going beyond poll promises: Minister

Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran has said that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government was going beyond the promises made prior to the previous Assembly Elections and initiating various public welfare measures. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a cooperative hospital at Punnapra here on Sunday.

The cooperative hospital and the Cooperative Engineering College at Punnapra were not among the promises made. The impact of such initiatives would be felt in a few years’ time, he said.

The 100-bed cooperative hospital will be constructed with Rs.5 crore mobilised from the cooperative sector for tsunami rehabilitation purposes. The poor people on the coastal belt will benefit from the hospital. Women and children would have a special ward while below poverty line families would be given free treatment. Above poverty line families could avail of healthcare at costs lesser than those charged by other hospitals, the Minister said.

A sum of Rs.1.5 crore from the cooperative funds for tsunami rehabilitation would be given for a tsunami block at the Karunagapally Government Hospital as well, he said.

The cooperative hospital, which would be run by the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) as a satellite unit of the Kochi Cooperative Medical College, would have job opportunities for over 250 medical graduates, some of them who would be deputed from the parent institution at Kochi, Mr. Sudhakaran said.

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