Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who is in Delhi, met five Central Ministers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and AK Antony. Chandy met Central Ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Arun Jaitely, Sushama Swaraj and Nitin Gadgari, yesterday, an official press release said here. Chandy met Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and thanked her for sanctioning IIT for Kerala. Kendriya Vidyalaya was allotted at Pathanamthitta. State government has given 6.5 acres for this. He said that the work of the same would be completed as soon as possible. In Kerala the educational sector is facing second generation problems.
The Union Minister appreciated Chandy for the Student Entrepreneurship Programme. She said the ideas of student entrepreneurs will be considered at the Central level as well. He also met Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to discuss issues related with costal protection act. A letter was given to him by the Chief Minister to resolve issues that have erupted due to implementation of this law. Poor fishermen are in no way to construct homes or to carry out maintenance works. The Central Minister took a lenient approach to this issue.
Sanction of the department has been sought for the renovation of Sasthamkotta Lake and also sought Central help to relocate persons who are trapped in the forest. 800 such families are trapped in the forest. The first phase of this project has been completed. Help has been sought for follow up activities and for forest conservation.
Mr Chandy requested the Central Minister Arun Jaitely to implement package which would help Kerala to overcome financial deficit. CM brought to his attention that Center’s help was already sanctioned for this.
The Chief Minister also said that since the implementation of income tax for investment in the cooperative sector would shatter the sector, it should be withdrawn. Help has also been sought for viability gap fund for vizhinjam project. The amount alloted for Kochi metro by the Centre is Rs 879 crores but in the budget only 462 crores has been allocated. As the work is being completed in a time bound manner, CM said to the minister that the pending amount should also be sanctioned this financial year. The Chief Minister discussed the issues of persons residing in other countries with Minister Sushama Swaraj. Nine persons including three Keralites are in prison in Somalia. The previous Government had taken steps to bring them back. The ship that is held up in Dubai also has malayalees in it. Steps should also be taken to bring them back. Mr Chandy also handed over the report of police that the person arrested in Abudabi for smuggling narcotic was innocent. He was trapped by certain persons. He handed over the report to the Minister Sushama Swaraj to inform Abudabi Government about this. CM also demanded the Centre to take steps to bring the dead bodies of two malayalees who died in Afghanistan and also to give help to the 408 students who returned due to the civil war in Ukrain to continue their studies.
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