Move to step up vigil in Kochi

Special Correspondent

Cochin Security Action Forum will be constituted, says Kodiyeri

Cyber cells in districts to tackle cyber crimes

Vigil along coastal areas strengthened

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Cochin Security Action Forum will be constituted to strengthen vigil in Kochi to deal with terrorist strike threats, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

Mr. Balakrishnan, while replying to questions in the Assembly on Wednesday, said other than setting up a cyber police station, cyber cells too had been formed in districts to tackle cyber crimes.

Vigil along coastal areas has been strengthened through joint operations of the State police and Central government agencies. The government will give due encouragement to police officials who brought to book the accused in the case of planting a fire cracker in a Kingfisher aircraft recently.

Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac said that unspent balance in the budget for 2006-07 was Rs.8,816.06 crore.

During 2007-08 it was Rs.5,954.96 crore and during 2008-09 Rs.7,718.84 crore. As per the revised estimates Rs.8,209.63 crore was likely to remain unspent in 2009-10.

Minister for Fisheries and Registration S. Sarma said the government was examining a proposal to give pension to document writers. A Bill in this regard was being scrutinised by the Law Department.

Most of the rivers in the State were polluted, but the government was trying to breed fish in the rivers. Fish worth $ 15,870 million was exported from the State in 2008 and $ 14,480 million in 2009. All hatcheries in the State are being revamped, he said.

Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty said the State's request to utilise funds of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for agriculture purposes and for developing private land holdings for the purpose has not evoked a positive response from the Centre.