LDF govt unveils comprehensive housing plan,edn sector reforms

Thiruvananthapuram,Sep 20 (PTI) The LDF government todayannounced a comprehensive housing plan for the homeless,educational sector reforms, schemes to modernise public healthsystem and a project to preserve water sources and developagriculture. The requisite funds would be partly mobilised from thepublic, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The housing scheme envisages a complete livelihoodpackage for the homeless and landless in the next five years,he said. Giving details of the projects during the cabinetbriefing here, Vijayan said government planned to implementthe schemes through people’s participation. "The projects cannot be implemented with government fundsalone. So the resources for them will be mobilised from thepublic. Anyone can contribute for the projects", he said whenasked the source of funds for the schemes. For resource mobilisation and implementation of projects,a special task force would be constituted. A state-levelEmpowered Committee would co-ordinate the projects, he said. The committee has been asked to prepare detailed projectreports for cabinet approval before November 1, he added. There would be state-level, district level and civiclevel committees to implement the schemes, he added. Under the programme, a string of model residentialcomplexes, where a large number of people can be accommodatedtogether, will be constructed in select locations to overcomethe issue of shortage of availability of land, he said. On the education sector, besides the already announcedprogramme to upgrade 1,000 public schools to Internationalstandards, schools in the higher education sector would bemade high-tech, he said. "Along with giving importance to the mother tongueMalayalam, prominence will also be given to promote Englishlanguage," the CM said. Efforts would be made to improve internet connectivity ingovernment schools to make them more IT friendly, he added. PHCs would be modernised and as a first step, basicinfrastructure of medical colleges would be upgraded, he said. Under the ‘haritha Keralam’ project, emphasis would be topreserve water sources and develop agriculture, especiallyorganic farming and schemes for waste disposal, Vijayan said. "Government wants to implement all the schemes with thefull people’s participation’, he said. PTI JRK APRRCJ

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