- Written by From Governor's Speech at the first session of the Kerala Legislative Assembly 2016
The last five years propelled Kerala towards a fast trajectory of growth and development. The Government’s motto "Development with care', guided us to achieve so many feats during our tenure. He said the government had ensured the realization of some of the major infrastructure projects including Kochi Metro, Light Metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, Kannur International Airport, Kochi Smart City, Kerala Technology Startup, first digital state in the country and Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. Kerala registered a growth rate of 12.3 per cent compared to the National Growth Rate of 10.50 per cent in the year 2014-15. Chief Minister’s Jana Samparka Paripadi bagged UN Award for public service in 2013, CM’s website received Web Ratna Award, IBN 7 Diamond State Award for performance in the fields of Education, Health, Environment and poverty alleviation, India Today State of the States Award and Ulysses Prize, known as the Oscar in tourism sector,he mentioned.
The National FoodSecurity Act was being implemented from 2013 to 2016. As part of it Supplyco outlets would be opened in all Grama Panchayats. In the three editions of Chief Minister’s Mass Contact Programme, a total of 7.99 lakh petitions were received. Cochin International Airport Ltd became the first airport in the world to totally run on solar power. For the first time in the history of Kerala, 22 Arts and Science colleges were started in the Government sector. Indian Institute of Technology is being set up at Kanjikode in Palakkad. The number of Government Medical Colleges in the State had risen from 5 to 9 and total number of MBBS seats from 900 to 1250. For the first time in the country, a Medical College started under the Department of Scheduled Caste in Palakkad in 2014, he added. Governor said the government had announced revolutionary policies including Kerala State policy for persons with disabilities, Gender equality and women’s empowerment Policy, the Transgender policy, Child policy, comprehensive Old age Policy, Nutrition policy and an NGO policy. In social sector, the Government disbursed pensions worth Rs 15,911 Cr in the last five years. The IT sector was generating an income of Rs 15,000 crores by way of IT exports. In 2011 the total income from IT exports was Rs 3000 Cr. He said the government provided land to 43,437 land less families under the zero landless scheme besides granting title deeds to 1,48,345 people within a period of four years. As many as 524 landless Scheduled Tribe families were given 184 acres of land under the Assikkum bhoomi scheme. SMART revenue offices have been opened in the State to provide speed, modern, assured, responsible and transparent office environment in village offices.
As part of the scheme 14 village offices in the Capital had been converted as smart village offices. The Survey and Land Records Department had completed resurvey work of 842 villages of the 1641 villages. The Real Estate Act 2015, Sector, Diary Sector, construction proposal of houses for 1.75 lakh houses for the poor are important milestones crossed. .He said appointments of 139792 were carried out through Public Service Commission. As many as 1182 different abled people got Government jobs. Governor said among the new projects in the pipeline included Trivandrum Chengannur suburban railway project, Industrial Development zones in Palakkad and Thodupuzha, Thiruvananthpuram, Kochi , Kozikode and Kannur, Global Ayuveda Village in Thiruvananthapuram, Foot Wear Park in Kozhikode, Gandhi Gramam Scheme to be launched at a cost of Rs 23.79 Cr and KINFRA Defence Park in Ottapalam. He said work had commenced on 56 projects worth Rs 32,137 Cr which were submitted during the Global Investors Meet – Emerging Kerala. The Government sanctioned Rs 1200 Cr to 1.42 lakh people through the Karunya Benevolent Fund Scheme. Kerala won acclaim for organising the 35th National Games in a commendable manner. 1.52 Cr people took part in “Run Kerala Run” a publicity campaign held at 7000 centres in Kerala. He said Kerala Police initiated a project called 'Clean Campus and Safe Campus” programme aimed at preventing and curbing the use of Narcotic substances among students in schools and colleges. As part of this operation, an amount of Rs.4,66,80,895/- was recovered as part of Operation Kubera. Governor said works worth Rs 61.27 Cr had been completed by Government as part of the Sabarimala Master Plan. For the first time in the Country the Government conducted Nypunyam International Skills Summit & Skills Fiesta 2016.