KERALA

S.N. Trust budget lays emphasis on health care

ALAPPUZHA, AUG. 21. The Sree Narayana Trust budget for 2004-05 has given emphasis on the development of health care facilities.

The budget, presented at the annual general body meeting of the Trust held at the Cherthala Sree Narayana College Auditorium today, has earmarked Rs. 24.4 crores for the development of hospitals under the Trust. The budget promises to speed up the construction of the nursing college.

The budget presented by the Trust secretary, Vellappally Natesan, also envisages to develop the various educational institutions under the Trust and to start new institutions.

Surplus budget

The budget, which expects an income of Rs. 54.5 crores and an expense of Rs. 53.5 crores, has earmarked Rs. 9.4 crores for the construction of new buildings for the educational institutions under the Trust.

A sum of Rs. 4 crores has been set aside for the construction of higher secondary schools, Rs. 3.2 crores for the construction of a central school and Rs. 70 lakhs for the nursing college. A cultural centre and a guest house would be constructed in Kollam. Mr. Natesan criticised the managements of self-financing colleges and private institutions which charge exorbitant fees from students. He said the Government should stand surety to bank loans for those students from poor families who seek education loans.

Narendran panel report

On the Narendran Commission report, Mr. Natesan said it was incomplete and should be discussed exhaustively before taking any action. The caste-wise statistics of those who got appointment in the State Government service during the period 1999-2004 should be taken.