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UDF has set development agenda: Chandy

Roy Mathew

Result-oriented governance to be campaign plank for Assembly polls

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the biggest achievement of his Government is that it has put development of the State back on the rails. In an interview with The Hindu , the Chief Minister said he had got maximum support for this from Malayalis abroad.

``Today, the people of Kerala are ready to back the development plans wholeheartedly.''

The Chief Minister, who faced opposition to his plans for mega projects, said the Global Investor Meet organised by the Government in 2003 was a turning point in the development history of the State. It created the impression that Kerala was a suitable investment destination.

He said the State could not keep pace with other southern States in Information Technology because of negative attitudes towards computerisation.

However, now there was much demand for the space developed by the State for IT industries. Major players had already set shop in the State. World players were expected to enter with the commissioning of the Smart City Project.

Mr. Chandy said that result-oriented style of governance, which his Government had provided, would be the highlight of the United Democratic Front's campaign in the coming elections.

The Government had set an agenda that combined development with social security. ``Whoever comes to power after the elections will not be able to deviate from this agenda.''

The Chief Minister, who was in Davos (Switzerland) recently to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, said India had got much attention at the meeting.

He said the democratic character of the country prevented India from attracting investments the way the Chinese did. Yet, the bold policies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram were making fast progress possible. The State Government expected Central clearance for the Vizhinjam deepwater international container transhipment terminal soon, the Chief Minister said.

The Centre had already taken favourable decisions on all the Central investments proposed in mega projects in the State, he said. Better performance in agriculture is indeed needed. The revival in the sector needed to be sustained with special attention crops facing difficulties.

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