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Revised package for endosulfan victims

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved an amended relief and remediation package for endosulfan victims.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after a Cabinet meeting that Central assistance would be sought for implementation of the package for endosulfan victims announced earlier. A committee would function at the Secretariat to oversee the implementation of the package. The committee would have the Ministers for Health, Agriculture, and Social Welfare as its members, besides the Secretaries of the three departments. A deputy collector's post had been created to head the relief and remediation cell in Kasaragod.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet had approved the decisions of an all-party meeting, convened by him last week, to discuss encroachments in and around Munnar.

Cholera

Arrangements would be made for supply of free ration and drinking water to tribal colonies in Wayanad district affected by cholera.

Health Minister Adoor Prakash and Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes P.K. Jayalakshmi would visit Wayanad on July 2 and hold discussions on using workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for cleaning operations in three cholera-affected colonies. As many as 88 cases of cholera had been reported from the colonies.

Mr. Chandy said his government did not propose to alter the status quo regarding admissions and fee structure in self-financing professional colleges this year. It had made no change to the pattern followed during the LDF rule. He said he was not averse to talks with the agitating students on the issue. He said no proposal was before the Cabinet on taking back Inspector-General of Police Tomin J. Thanchankari, who was under suspension, into service. The term of the Attappady Hill Area Development Project was extended up to September 30.

Appointments

The Cabinet decided to appoint T. Asafali from Kasaragod as Director-General of Prosecution and P. Vijayaraghavan from Ernakulam as State Attorney. Additional Chief Secretary S. M. Vijayanand will be posted as Director of the Institute of Management in Government. He will also hold charge of Reforms and Training in the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department. James Varghese would be posted as Principal Secretary (Local Self Government) and V. Venu as Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies). Principal Secretary (Forest and Wildlife) Sajan Peter would be given additional charge of Culture. Mohamed Sagir would be appointed as Director of Higher Education.

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