Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Cabinet today decided to provide administrative sanction for Kochi Cancer Centre.
Briefing on Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said The project will be implemented in three phases. OP unit in the first phase, 150-bedded hospital in the second and 150-bedded hospital along with research centre in the third.
He said an OP unit will be started in the building adjacent to Ernakulam MCH. A society will be formed in the model of Thiruvananthapuram RCC for taking further decisions.
An official will be posted to coordinate the construction of OP building, appointment of staff and for buying of equipment. Rs 10 crores will be given by Beverages Corporation for initial activities. The loan that is to be provided by Ernakulam District Cooperative Bank with government guarantee will be utilized for setting up the Kochi Cancer and Research Centre.
It has also been decided to entrust the special team of financial inspection wing to conduct enquiry into the assets and liability of Pariyaram MCH and related institutions and also the financial misappropriation that was indicated in the audit report and the report of the district collector. The report is to be submitted within a month.
The strength of the college staff and those in related institutions will be checked.
If there is presence of extra staff, then it needs to be reported within a month. The criterion to be followed is that of the Medical Council of India.
The expert committee of the Health and Medical Education department will carry out the enquiry. Cooperative secretary has been entrusted to report the postings that were done without the sanction of the department.
On Light Metro Project, Mr Chandy said that ambiguities, if any, regarding the implementation of Light Metro Projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode
will be cleared.He said that a discussion would be held with Mr E Sreedharan regarding the same in Kochi on Thursday.
Mr Chandy added some degree of misunderstanding had happened and reiterated that the same procedures initiated for implementing Kochi Metro will be followed for the Light Metro projects.
The sanction from the Union government was sought before proceeding with further steps on Kochi Metro Rail project. Vagueness in the letter written to the Union government on Light Metro Projects will be clarified. Light metro is needed for the State and the government is focused on its implementation.
He said the government will request the Governor to issue the Draft Ordinance for amending the Kerala Stamp-Paper Act of 1959. This is being done for using the e Stamping facility along with the present stamp-paper system for registration of lands.
It was declared in the Budget speech of 2013-14 that e Stamping system would be introduced in the State. The procedures to implement the same are progressing. But in the 1959 Stamp-Paper Act there is no provision for the use of e Stamps for land registrations.
Amendment is required even if this facility is to be introduced as a pilot project in any of the sub-registrar office.Welfare Board of Kerala State
Lottery Agents and Sellers has been named the sole distribution agency of lotteries in Kerala.
Service tax will be deducted from the commission of agents and sub-agents and the welfare board will be made responsible for remitting the same to the department.
Notification regarding this will be issued and the board will be responsible for collecting the service tax and remit it to the department, starting from the date of issue of the order.
The board can post a chartered account to carry out works related to this. Decision has been taken to regularize the appointment of teachers in private-aided colleges, who were appointed for conditional courses that were sanctioned before 2010.
They will also be given the revised pay with prospective effect. With regard to salary arrears the same will be credited to the PF account, which can only be withdrawn after five years. He said Rs 75 lakh has been sanctioned to Kaduthuruthi Kendriya Vidyalaya to arrange basic facilities for starting temporary classes at the CISF building till the school gets its own building.
Such an arrangement has been done as the sanction to start the school may get cancelled and also because of the delay in getting a building, which is under the ownership of the government. The Cabinet has given sanction for amending the Sports Act and the same has been sent for the approval of the Governor.
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