No change in policy towards Kasturirangan report: Minister

A. K. BalanForest Minister K. Raju told the Assembly on Thursday that the present and the previous government had the same approach on the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on ecologically sensitive areas on the Western Ghats.

The government stood by the unanimous resolution adopted by the House during the UDF rule that populated areas should not be included in the ecologically sensitive areas falling in 123 villages.

Government to set up welfare fund for farmers

FarmingAgriculture Minister V. S. Sunil Kumar informed the Assembly on Wednesday that the government proposed to form a welfare fund board for farmers.

Replying to the debate on the budgetary demand for grants for Agriculture, the Minister said that the present pension scheme for farmers would be brought under the board. The norms for eligibility would be revised. “We will give pensions to all farmers.”

Opposition walkout in Assembly over Kannur violence

Thiruvananthapuram: UDF and Kerala Congress (M) members staged a walkout in the Assembly on Wednesday over the political murders in Kannur district.

Government taking steps to tackle drought

Minister for Water Resources Mathew T. Thomas replying to debate in the Assembly on TuesdayMinister for Water Resources Mathew T. Thomas told the Assembly on Tuesday that the government was taking a number of steps to mitigate drought in the State.

Replying to the debate on the demands for grants for Water Supply and Sanitation and Irrigation, the Minister said that rainfall during South West monsoon was deficient by 32.7 per cent.

Food Security Act to be implemented from November 1

The Food Security Act will be implemented in Kerala from November 1, Food and Civil Supplies Minister P. Thilothaman told the media here on Tuesday.

With implementation of the Act, the BPL-APL categorisation would be replaced by priority and non-priority categories of card holders.


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