Promises Fulfilled, Says Govt. Progress Report
Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front-led Government of Kerala entering its fourth year of tenure recently released the State’s progress report over the last three years. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala formally released the 178-page document by handing it over to P Sreeramakrishnan, Speaker, Kerala Legislative Assembly at function held in Thiruvananthapuram on June 10. According to the State Government, the third issue of the document comprehensively compares its accomplishments with the promises LDF had made in its 2016 Election Manifesto. Besides, the progress report also details the government’s other achievements in the last three years.
“All-encompassing development based on social justice is possible when there is a collective effort,” said the Chief Minister addressing the event.
As the Government of Kerala enters fourth year, a progress report released by the Chief Minister evaluates the accomplishments in the last three years
Development Zeroing in on Infrastructure
Speaking at the event,the chief minister said that multi-dimensional approach will be undertaken to facilitate infrastructure development in the State. He said that the government aims to complete the 585 km-long inland waterway linking Kovalam and Bekal by 2020. The hill-highway project will be another goal which the government plans to complete on priority basis. He added the Government started the ground work to enable a semi hi-speed rail corridor between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod.
“In the last three years, the State had to face unprecedented odds. While, the cyclone Okhi wreaked havoc across the coastline, Nipah virus and the flood calamity brought the State to a complete standstill. However, the government has been successful in delivering the promises LDF had made in its election manifesto,” the Chief Minister said in the preface of the progress report.
Accomplishments in Finance
According to the progress report, the budget spending of the State has increased considerably. While the budget expenditure spending was Rs. 87,032 crore in 2015-16, it was Rs. 1,41,980 crore in the last fiscal. “The increase in expenditure is the result of fulfilling the promises made in the election manifesto,” the report said.
Outside the scope of budget, Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has sanctioned Rs. 42,306.06 crore for the work of 536 infrastructure projects. According to the report, works of 533 projects have commenced which are estimated to cost Rs. 28,030.89 crore. KIIFB has sourced Rs. 2150 crore through masala bonds.
As part of making the State industry friendly, the government introduced Amnesty Scheme for traders who have not completed full registration despite touching annual turnover of Rs. 60 crore.
Further, the report said that State, after forming the GST Council, was able to stop the central government’s move to levy one percent tax on manufacturer States in the country. The State GST Council was also able to reduce GST rate of 18 per cent which was initially applied to hotels and restaurants.
Among others, the government promulgated an ordinance modifying the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act to ensure seating facilities for workers in shops. The government also counts the ban on Nokkukooli as an achievement.
Development work of Rs. 1538 crore in Thiruvananthapuram city
Chalai Market is being revamped as heritage street
Metro Rail construction between Maharaja's College and Pettah in last phase in Kochi
Preparations have started to set up Kakkanadtownship
37,033 new cooking gas connections through city gas distribution network in Kochi
Ramanattukara-Thondayadu flyover construction completed
Efforts to set up Kerala Institute of Retail Management underway
Govt. Order to set up Kerala Commerce Mission released
GST Council set up in the State
Public Sector Undertakings
44 PSUs made profitable in the last 3 years
Total profit in 2018-19 is
Rs. 258.29 Crore
CAPEX to be implemented in profitable PSUs
Efforts taken to expand operations of PSUs to other States
IT and Communication Industries
50 lakh sq. ft office space for IT set up in 2018-19
Integrated Startup Complex with 1.80 lakh sq. ft area established in Kochi
Taurus Investments Holdings to set up 57 lakh sq. ft. office space in Technopark
Startup City to set up 88 lakh sq. ft office space
50,000 new jobs created in IT
16,000 youth working in various startups in Kerala
MNCs which have set up centres in the State have created 1300 jobs
R&D programmes like Young Investigators Programme in Biotechnology (YIPB) and Biotechnology Innovations in Rural Development (BIRD) launched
Efforts are being taken to establish International Institute of Ayurveda to scientifically rule out discrepancies in Ayurveda medicine
The State successfully resumed tourism operations after setbacks like Nipah virus and flood
Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2018 was 10.96 lakhs, 0.42 per cent increase compared to 2017
1.56 crore domestic tourists came to Kerala in 2018 (6.34 per cent increase compared to 2017)
Preliminary work of setting up Spice Route Scheme commenced
Off season campaign to woo more tourist during monsoon
The State Government will demand the Central Government to help revamp and modernize organisations like Cochin Shipyard, FACT, HMT and HOC
Kerala Legislative Assembly has passed resolution to modernize Hindustan Newsprint Ltd. Recommendations have been submitted to the Central Government
The State Government has provided Rs. 6.5 crore as loan to set up BHEL-Electrical Machines Ltd.
Efforts are afoot to procure 180 acres of land to set up factory to manufacture value added titanium products
The State Government has signed MoU to acquire 481 acres of land from FACT for Petrochemical Park
New Sand Procurement Policy formulated to mitigate the crisis in the sector
Sand processing unit started with private participation in Ponnani
Kerala State Mineral Development Corporation Limited (KEMDEL) entrusted to device a formula to avail sand and stones at affordable rates to the general public and at market rate to corporates