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NOC to start new CBSE, ICSE schools
Trawling ban in State from June 15 to July 31
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to sanction additional batches for Plus One courses in eight districts having shortage of seats.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told presspersons after a Cabinet meeting that applications would be invited from government and aided schools in Alappuzha, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kollam, Idukki, and Kannur districts with ongoing Plus Two courses for the additional batches. Paucity of seats was not acute in Kollam, Idukki, and Kannur districts.
The Chief Minister said the government would issue no-objection certificates (NOC) for starting new CBSE and ICSE schools in the State. However, no lenience would be shown regarding basic infrastructure requirements.
Mr. Chandy said he would hold discussions with managements of private professional colleges to reach a permanent settlement over issues connected with admissions and fee structure immediately after completion of this year's admission process.
He said the Indian government had started evacuating Indians stranded in Yemen and the State government would set up control rooms at the Kerala Houses in Delhi and Mumbai and the NoRKA headquarters in Thiruvanathapuram to help Keralites returning from Yemen.
The Chief Minister said the seasonal ban on trawling would be enforced from June 15 to July 31 for conservation of fish resources. Fishermen affected by the ban would be given free ration during the period of ban. Besides, the Cabinet had sanctioned Rs.10 crore as assistance to all fishermen covered under the Savings and Relief Scheme.
Mr. Chandy said the Cabinet had decided to carry out the unimplemented aspects of the Chengara Package announced by the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government as part of its agreement with those agitating for land at Chengara.
A sum of Rs.48 crore would be allocated to the Kochi Corporation for acquisition of land for constructing the proposed overbridge near the Cochin Shipyard as part of building the infrastructure needed for taking up the Kochi Metro Rail Project. Besides, the Corporation would be given Rs.11 crore for acquisition of land for its water supply project which needed to be completed by 2012.
The Cabinet sanctioned Rs.15 crore for building 170 twin houses for 340 families of the Bangladesh colony in Kozhikode. If successful, similar schemes would be taken up in other parts of the Kerala coast. Mr. Chandy said that compensation under calamity relief would be extended to those who die from lightning-strike and snakebites. The next of kin of victims would get Rs.1 lakh each.
The Cabinet had also cleared proposal for increasing the compensation for loss of houses from Rs.35,000 to Rs.1 lakh. The maximum compensation for damage to houses would be enhanced from Rs.20,000 to Rs.35,000.
The Cabinet had sanctioned Rs.2 crore for temporary measures against sea erosion. Permanent anti-erosion measures such as construction of groin structures would be taken up after monsoon.
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