`Government committed to decentralisation'

Staff Reporter

MULANKUNNATHUKAVU (THRISSUR): Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that his Government was committed to decentralisation and was taking steps to make it more effective.

Inaugurating an international course on decentralised governance at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) here on Saturday, Mr. Chandy said that the Kerala model of decentralisation was far from being perfect.

The decentralisation programme was started in the State with the launching of the Kerala Development Plan. The local bodies in the State now have well defined functions, functionaries and funds.

The decentralisation programme has to be made more sustainable by reducing its shortcomings, the Chief Minister said.

Presiding over the function, Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan said decentralisation should not be treated as an end in itself, but should be viewed as a tool for ensuring better service to the people.

The Sri Lankan Minister for Provincial Councils and Local Government Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, who was the Chief Guest at the function, said his country was keen to study the decentralisation programme going on in Kerala and to adopt those facets which are suitable for Sri Lanka.

Director of the Sri Lanka Institute for Local Governance Cashian Herath, Director of the Human Settlement Management Institute of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) Rajan Kumar, chairman of the agricultural cooperative group, Agreenco, M. K. Raghavan, Secretary of the Kerala Grama Panchayat Association R. Sivarajan, KILA Director P. P. Balan, were among those who spoke on the occasion.

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