KERALA

Akshaya project to be extended to all districts

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, said the Government would extend the Akshaya IT education project across the State after rectifying its shortcomings.

Inaugurating an Area Investors Meet (AIM) organised by the Malappuram District Panchayat at Kottakkal on Saturday, Mr. Chandy admitted that the Akshaya project had some shortcomings in the implementation level in the district.

All these negative things will be addressed and the project would be extended across the State, he said. The Akshaya project had given a boost to the image of Kerala even in foreign countries, he said.

The Chief Minister said the Planning Board members had been instructed to address the shortcomings of Akshaya project. By next year, the project will be made `pukkah' and extended to other districts. This year, the project would be implemented in seven districts. The remaining six districts will get Akshaya project in 2006, he said.

Investment-friendly

The Chief Minister said several foreign countries had begun to realise that Kerala had an investment-friendly environment. "That was why the Qatar King was keen to know more about Kerala." Mr. Chandy said the Qatar ruler had promised to send a business delegation to Kerala next month. He expressed confidence that Qatar would invest in Kerala.

The Chief Minister said those who criticised the Government for holding the Global Investor Meet (GIM) often failed to notice the reality that many projects signed at the global meet had become functional today.

Efforts are on to implement projects worth Rs. 10,000 crores in the State, he said. These projects include some of those presented at the GIM. The Government expects an investment flow of Rs. 30,000 crores to Kerala the next year, he said.

Malappuram district has become a role model for Kerala in development, he said. The Chief Minister also promised all support for expansion of the Calicut Airport at Karipur, including procurement of land for airport development.

The district panchayat president, M. Ummer, presided over the meeting.

The Minister for Industry, V.K. Ibrahim Kunju, released an industrial development paper for Malappuram. P.K. Kunhalikutty, former Minister for Industry, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The district panchayat vice-president, Abdurahman Randathani, welcomed the gathering.

The district panchayat secretary, M. Abdul Majeed, proposed a vote of thanks.

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