Says conscious effort has been made to create a conducive atmosphere for investors
Asserting that it is for the people to make an honest appraisal of the performance of the government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that a sea-change in people’s attitude is the biggest achievement of the Left Democratic Front (UDF) government in the past 1,000 days.
Speaking after launching the Safe Kerala project to mark 1,000 days of the government here on Wednesday, he said that a sort of negativity that had gripped the people of the State for some time had been eliminated. Earlier, the people were frustrated and they had a feeling that nothing positive would happen in this State. But the commitment and speedy intervention of the government in executing projects had removed this negativity, the Chief Minister said.
(The Safe Kerala project is aimed at checking road accidents after setting up enforcement squads in all districts in the State).
‘Will eliminate graft’
In his speech, Mr. Vijayan said that government employees who resorted to corrupt practices would be punished. The old habits that they had cultivated over the years had to go. The government would not tolerate corruption, he said.
He said deadlocked projects, which many thought would never take off, were progressing at a fast pace. Had not for the floods that devastated the State, the GAIL pipeline project would have been commissioned by now. Likewise, the National Highway expansion project was on the smooth track, he said.
Mr. Vijayan said the Kovalam-Kasaragod waterway project would be completed by 2020. Similarly, the proposed hill highway project would change the transporting culture of the State.
He said a conscious effort had been taken to create a conducive atmosphere for investors. Several amendments had been made to existing rules and regulations. An applicant could go ahead with a project if a decision was not cleared within 30 days, the Chief Minister said.
However, he said the government ensured that development programmes reached all sections of society. More than one-lakh title deeds had been distributed to the landless during the last 1,000 days. This was a continuing process with Revenue Minister E. Chandrashekaran giving away pattayams in Malappuram on Wednesday, Mr. Vijayan said.
Enrolment in schools
The Chief Minister said that change in the attitude of parents, teachers, students and society in general saw the empowerment of government-run schools. About 3.40 lakh students had enrolled in government schools when student-drop out had reached abysmal levels.
He said that big differences could be seen in the health sector as well with the robust functioning of primary health centres, medical colleges and super specialty hospitals.
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