KERALA

Mullappally: State cold to security offers

Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran has said that the State government has not evinced much interest in accepting a number of security-related facilities offered by the Union government.

“For example, the Centre has offered support to set up coastal police stations in nine districts in Kerala, but so far only one has become functional (in Neendakara)… The Centre is ready to support setting up of a coastal police station in Malappuram also … but the State government is not keen on availing itself of these facilities … it has not even identified land for these stations unlike other coastal States that have been quick to seize the offer,” the Minister said at a meet-the-press programme of the Kozhikode Press Club on Tuesday.

The State government had not shown any interest in the 24 interceptor boats that it had been allotted for coastal surveillance. Work on one of these boats was over and was idling in Goa. The State would also get four-wheelers and motorcycles for coastal surveillance.

“But the State government has not yet taken delivery of these; the personnel who had to man these boats had not been sent for training to Goa either … I spoke to the State Home Minister about this,” Mr. Ramachandran said.

He said he would try to get a training institute for marine police allotted to the State. There was a proposal to set up three such institutes in the country.