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No room for complacency, says Chandy

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NEW DELHI: : The cumulative effect of inequalities - magnified by the process of liberalisation and globalisation - high rate of educated unemployment, and the sense of alienation among tribals and marginal farmers were putting a "severe strain'' on the peace that currently prevails in Kerala. This was stated here on Friday by the Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, at the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security and Law & Order.

While stating that Kerala "remains one of the most peaceful states in the country'', Mr. Chandy said, "there was no room for complacency'' and identified the various threats facing the State. In particular, he used the forum to articulate Kerala's long-pending demand for ironing out the last rough spot in the State's long-pending promise to release land for redistribution among tribals.

"It is one of those sensitive issues where the credibility of the Government is at stake. Nothing can alienate the tribals more than a failure to fulfil a solemn promise.''

Echoing the concern of his counterparts from other States about unrest among farmers caught in a debt trap, the Chief Minister drew attention to a problem peculiar to Kerala because of educated unemployment.

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