Kerala extends plan fund utilization period

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015,19:29 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapruam | Kerala Cabinet today decided  to extend the period of plan fund utilization for the financial year 2014-15.    Briefing on Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy  said the decision will enable the fund to be at disposal of  local self-governments in the next financial year, thereby allaying concerns of the fund getting lapsed.
It was also decided to extend the date to March 31 for the submission of bills by the three-tier Panchayat bodies in treasury. The last date for utilizing the infrastructure development  fund of MLAs has also been extended beyond March 31.
Kerala Cabinet today decided to approve the computerization of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State. Chief Minister said the government has given approval to the report submitted to it by Dr Nivedita P Haran on the difficulties and repercussions of computerization of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State.
Once PDS is computerized the scenario will lead to more transparency, efficiency, effective intervention in open market to control price and will ensure that subsidies reach the hands of the eligible, he added.
Cabinet decided  to set up a Public Policy Research Institute in the state. An administrative committee has been formed for setting the Institute. This committee will have Minister for Law and Finance K M Mani as the chairman and former governor of the Reserve Bank Dr C Rangarajan as vice-chairman. Prof M S Swaminathan, Dr M S Valiathan, Dr M A Oommen, P C Cyriac, Dr B A Prakash, G Vijayaraghavan, Kochousep Chittilappily and Dr Jose Jacob are members of the committee.
Cabinet decided to revise the pay scale of several posts in State Sports Council. The pay-scale of seven posts  — UD Clerk, U.D. Typist, L.D. Typist, U.D. Accountant, L.D. Clerk, L.D. Accountant and Typist-cum-Stenographer — would be revised. On other decisions, Chief Minister said the Cabinet decided to prorogue the current session of the Legislative Assembly. S Venugopal, Former Director of BSNL, has been appointed member of Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The contract period of health workers — 550 under DHS and 171 under DME — engaged in preventing contagious diseases has been extended to September 21.  The term of Kerala Fishermen Debt-Relief Commission has been extended by two years. Fishermen will be given free ration for two weeks. Single-doctor ESI dispensaries would be set up at Manjeri, Perinthalmanna and Pathanamthitta. The Government will take over the ESI Medical College at Parippally.
One-time settlement of State Housing Development Board was extended up to September 1. Bamboo Corporation has been sanctioned with Rs 674.25 lakh for providing minimum wages and Rs 140 lakhs for giving bonus, festival allowance and incentives to its workers.

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