Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala cabinet today ratified the state planning board recommendation of state plan outlay of Rs 30,531.17 crore for the year 2016-17.
State expected funds from Centre to a tune of Rs 6534.17 crore for the period. The cabinet also approved the state’s draft plan for Rs.24,000 crore, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters during cabinet briefing here.
An amount of Rs 5500 crore has been earmarked for the local self governments for carrying out various development activities, he said.
This will come to around 24.43 per cent of the total plan outlay, he said.
For infrastructure development, Rs 2536.07 crore has been allotted. The projects included a Mega Food Park at Palakkad, Kochi Petro Chemical Park, Kochi Electronic Hardware park,Vizhinjan International Deepwater Seaport and Kannur Airport.
Bringing in a fixed system for disbursement of all welfare pensions, cabinet decided to pay pensio amount on 18th of every month. State disburse pension worth Rs.200 crores to 32 lakh people, he said.
This is to ensure that welfare pensioners also get their amount in time. Only after pension amount reaches respective department accounts, salary account of Chief Minister will be credited, he said. The new system of pension disbursement will come into effect from next month.
To a question, he said government was also trying to clear the pension arrears, ranging from six to eleven months, in some sectors.
Cabinet extended by one year the moratorium announced for repayment of loans taken by fishermen from different financial institutions. The period of moratorium was to end on December 31.
Chandy also said that he had received information that three Keralities who were facing hardship at the hands of their employer in Saudi Arabia would reach the state within two days.
The plight of the three persons from Haripad in Allapuzha district came to light after it was reported in a section of media.
Chandy said Indian Consulate Geneal in Saudia Arabia and Malayalees Association in that country had intervened on the matter and three would be brought to state in next two days.
Reports said that they were taken to Saudi Arabia on job promises.
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