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No blanket cancellation of decisions: Chandy

Special Correspondent

Complaints on LDF regime's decisions to be examined


‘Aid given to all identified endosulfan victims'

'There is demand for changes in Idukki package'


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said in the Assembly on Wednesday that there would not be any blanket cancellation of decisions taken by the previous government between January and May this year.

Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor for his Address, the Chief Minister said the government had received many complaints about various decisions of the previous regime. Those complaints would be examined and the decisions would be cancelled only if there were serious irregularities. Decisions that were legally correct would not be nullified.

Responding to Opposition taunts, the Chief Minister said the Moolampilly rehabilitation package was that of the previous Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. However, it had not implemented it in full. The present government had now paid out the arrears in rents and implemented the package.

Similarly, the previous government had paid a compensation of Rs.50,000 each to only 174 of the 496 persons identified as victims of endosulfan. It may not be a big thing that the present government had enhanced the compensation to Rs.1 lakh per person, drawing from the treasury. However, it had paid the compensation to all the 496 victims.

He said that people's representatives had demanded changes to the Idukki package. Though the previous government had formed the Idukki Prosperity Council with the Chief Minister as chairman, the council had not met for even once during the last one-and-a-half years.

He said that procurement of paddy could be undertaken because of an agreement signed by the previous United Democratic Front government with the Centre. Though the LDF government had increased the procurement price from Rs.7 to Rs.14 a kg, the Centre had increased its share for procurement from Rs.5.40 to Rs.12 a kg.

Re.1-a-kg rice

The Chief Minister said rice at Re.1 a kg would be available to all BPL (below poverty line) cardholders from the Onam week. Eligible APL (above poverty line) cardholders would continue to get rice at Rs.2 a kg.

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies T.M. Jacob intervened to say that 32 lakh BPL cardholders would get rice at Re.1 a kg. The number of BPL families had gone up from 20 lakh to 32 lakh as per a recent BPL survey.

The debate ended with the Chief Minister urging the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to abandon its anti-Congress stand and Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan replying that the Congress should not carry the baggage of anti-communism. Mr. Chandy said the Bharatiya Janata Party was a party that injured the secular soul of India and the Congress would have no truck with it.

After the Chief Minister's reply, the House passed the motion for 72 votes against 64.

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