Let By-Poll Result Motivate Govt. To Move Ahead
The Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF Government has completed two years in office. On May 30 the government released a Report Card detailing the progress made on its 600-odd poll promises. Less than 24 hours later the ultimate jury in any democracy, the people, gave their verdict – a thumping victory for the LDF candidate in the Chengannur by-election.
Whatever critics say, there is no denying that the government has indeed made some promising strides in the last 24 months. The Kerala Investment Promotion and Facilitation Bill, 2018 was passed in the Assembly in April. The Bill, which seeks to amend seven Acts, is a major step towards improving the State’s ‘ease of doing business’ index. It has put in place a brand new single-window system, called Kerala Investment Promotion and Facilitation Cell, responsible for smoother interaction with investors and issuing speedy approvals. From May 1, the government has abolished ‘nokkukooli’. The effort to revive the public sector units (PSUs) has yielded results with 14 State PSUs registering profit in 2017-18.
FUTURE Global Digital Summit is yet another feather on this government’s cap. The event witnessed business icons, sector analysts and academicians debate the digital future of various sectors. A direct outcome of FUTURE has been Japanese auto major Nissan’s decision to set up its global digital hub in Thiruvananthapuram. A scheme to foster around 1500 startups, which encourages entrepreneurship among the youth, has been initiated and Rs. 1375 crore has been set aside for this as part of the new IT Policy.
Kerala Bank formed by combining State Cooperative Bank and 14 District Cooperative Banks is certain to be a reality soon. This will infuse money into the economy by funding development projects and also aims to target 25 per cent of NRK deposits which today total 1.61 lakh crore.
Kerala’s Responsible Tourism Mission has initiated accessible tourism programs, carbon neutral initiatives, promotion of water outlets, responsible ayurveda and proper waste management across six select destinations. A proactive Tourism Policy and the gumption to implement a tourism-friendly Liquor Policy deserve applause.
The government seems to exhibit a firm resolve to do transformational work. Let Chengannur result be the much-needed pat on the back for the government and serve as a catalyst for a remarkable innings ahead.