LDF government charts an alternative path for Kerala, Planning Board to stay, social security gets top billilng
Left Democratic Front (LDF) which assumed power in Kerala sent clear message that governance in the southern state will be starkly different from the centre’s economic vision.
After the inaugural cabinet meeting chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced a slew of measures which includes strengthening social security measures.
Briefing the media on the cabinet decisions, Pinarayi said social security pension will be increased to Rs 1000, from the existing Rs 500. He also said that his government is exploring ways to deliver pensions at home for the ailing and the elderly. The chief secretary has been tasked to devise an effective method for the delivery.
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Though the central government has done away with the five year plans and the Planning Commission, the Kerala government will initiate steps to formulate the 13th five year plan. Pinarayi also said the state will continue with the Planning Board. Local bodies will also have their own programmes to implement various projects.
The civil supplies department’s budgetary allocation has been doubled to 150 crores to check spiralling prices of the essentials.
The government also announced the constitution of a new investigation team headed by ADGP Sandhya to probe the Jisha murder case which had created widespread protest in the state during the election time. Jisha was brutally raped and murdered in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district last month. But the police have so far not been able to make any headway in the case.
Pinarayi said the cabinet has constituted a cabinet subcommittee to look into the legality of the various decisions the Oomen Chandy government took since January.