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Centre to consider Kochi metro rail project

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Source : The Hindu Date : 16.06.2009

Centre to consider Kochi metro rail project

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Decision on mode of implementation soon: Thomas

KOCHI: The Union Cabinet will soon consider the proposal for the Kochi Metro railway project, said K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Agriculture.

Speaking at a reception organised by the District Congress Committee for the six newly elected Members of Parliament from the district, Prof. Thomas said a decision favourable to the State would be taken by the Cabinet.

He said the Planning Commission and the State government had different views regarding the mode of implementation of the project. A final decision on the implementation would be taken in consultation with all concerned, he said. At the same time, the State government should take a decision regarding the alignment of the metro railway project, he said.

He said new tender had been floated for the railway overbridge at Edapally, as the existing contractor had failed to complete the work as per schedule. Work on the Pullepady overbridge will be completed on time. Several projects have been proposed for the city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). However, the works have not progressed at the desired pace, the Minister said.

He said a decision by the Agricultural Ministry to buy the organic manure produced by garbage treatment plants would benefit the State too. The FACT had agreed to buy the manure produced at the Brahmapuram treatment plant of the Kochi Corporation, he said.

He said the Union government would decide on the Kuttanad and Idukki Agriculture Relief Packages within 30 days. The State government, on its part, should explain the practical difficulties in implementing the proposals. The Minister said he would allot Rs. 25 lakh each for all the seven Assembly segments in the Ernakulam Parliament constituency for development projects.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:58

Monitor women’s welfare schemes: Isaac

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Source : The Hindu Date : 16.06.2009

Monitor women’s welfare schemes: Isaac

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— Photo: S. Gopakumar

Business aid: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac inaugurating a scheme launched by the city Corporation for distribution of subsidy for women entrepreneurs on Monday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has called on local self-government institutions to establish a mechanism to monitor the utilisation of funds for welfare schemes targeting women.

The Minister was inaugurating a function organised by the city Corporation here on Monday to distribute subsidy to women entrepreneurs.

Brand building

Dr. Isaac stressed the need to ensure proper utilisation of funds distributed to women’s self-help groups (SHGs).

He urged the SHGs to focus on brand building and identifying markets for their products.

He reminded local bodies of their role in helping women entrepreneurs to resolve their problems.

Mayor C. Jayan Babu presided over the function. Deputy Mayor V. Jayaprakash, Welfare standing committee chairman S.A. Sundar, ward councillors and corporation officials participated in the function.

Rs.1.25 crore

The subsidy scheme of the corporation falls under the People’s Plan Campaign. An amount of Rs.1.25 crore has been earmarked for disbursement to women entrepreneurs during the current year.

As many as 197 self-help groups are expected to benefit from the scheme.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:51

Affortable houses may come up on Government Land

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Source : The New Indian Express Date : 15.06.2009


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