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Strengthen popular interventions: Isaac

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Development perspective: The former Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac speaking at a seminar on the ‘Future of Kerala's Development' organised

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The former Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac has said that there is need to strengthen popular interventions to safeguard the social infrastructure created by successive Left governments in the State.

Speaking at a seminar on the ‘Future of Kerala's Development', organised as part of the ongoing Kerala NGO Union State conference here on Monday, Dr. Isaac said only strong popular interventions would help perpetuate the gains that Kerala had made so far and to ensure continuity of the development processes set in motion in the State by Left forces.

People were worried whether the change of government in the State would set the clock back on the State's development. The people of Kerala owe a lot to successive Left governments for the sense of pride they enjoyed now. The Left had also, in the process, created a massive social infrastructure in the State. Nobody would be able to subvert it.

In the absence of popular interventions, the social infrastructure and the State's development initiatives might suffer a setback. But any such setback would be temporary. Kerala society would overcome all such setbacks, Dr. Isaac said.

Speaking at the seminar, the former Industries Minister Elamaram Karim said the effort of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government over the last five years was to achieve growth that ensures betterment of the people's standard of living. Successive governments have focussed their energies on improving the lot of the people with imaginative social sector initiatives.

Only constant vigil and intervention by society at large would help protect the gains from such initiatives, Mr. Karim said.

The three-day conference will conclude on Tuesday with a rally. A public meeting being organised to mark the conclusion of the conference will be inaugurated by CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

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