Government to undertake scrutiny of ADB-funded Modernising Government Programme

House frowns upon lack of accountability, transparency in implementation of the Programme

Kerala Assembly today discussed the report of the Estimates Committee of the House which highlighted the lack of accountability in the implementation of Modernising Government Programme (MGP) funded by Asian Development Bank between 2002 and 2008.

Hike in stamp duty for partition, gift deeds to be rolled back

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac (file photo)Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac said in the Assembly on Wednesday that the hike in stamp duty on partition, gift, release and settlement deeds announced in the revised Budget for the current year would be rolled back.

The duty had been raised from one per cent three per cent.  The extent of reduction of duty and registration fees would be decided at the Subject Committee, the Minister said while piloting the Kerala Finance Bill.

‘UDF delayed implementation of Food Security Act to favour wholesalers’

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies P. Thilothaman said in the Assembly on Wednesday that the UDF government had deliberately delayed implementation of the Food Security Act in the State.

Government to bring new industrial policy, mining to be under public sector

Chief Minister Pinarai VijayanKerala government proposes to bring a new industrial policy, to simplify procedures for starting new industries and bring all important mining operations under the public sector.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced these while replying to the debate on the demand for grants for Industries in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Government will act strongly against goons: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan responding to notice of adjournment motion on TuesdayChief Minister Pinarai Vijayan said here on Tuesday that the government viewed the operation of goondas and quotation gangs in the State very seriously.

Responding to a notice for moving an adjournment motion from P. T. Thomas (Congress) to discuss growing threats from nexus among goondas, politicians and police officials, said that the government would be dealing strongly with goondas. However, there was no evidence about goonda-police nexus.


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