12 July Sunday

That Was Then, Now Kerala Is Advancing Far Ahead

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Sunday May 31, 2020

 

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala is under spotlight in both national and international media. Flattening  Covid-19 curve effectively, earned our state that pride. The accomplishment was a result of vigil and determination on part of the government. Such signature resolve of LDF govt is evident in other spheres as well.

 

Kerala’s progress by leaps and bounds has made  plight under UDF a thing of the distant past .  Facts and figures  will crumble all sloppy claims made by  former Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, whose comparisons between LDF- UDF  in  sectors such as social security, developmental activities and other core areas, don't align with reality.
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1) Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund

UDF Government

Four years : Rs 412.50 core only

 

LDF Government

Rs 1,1216 crore excluding the flood relief funds. Application for relief made online via simple procedure. Money credited directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts. Go betweens removed. Increase in relief money  amounts.

 

2) Jana Samparaka Paripadi Abandoned Midway

 

UDF Government
Rs 242.87 crore disbursed in three stages of the “Mass Contact Program” or Jana Samparaka Paripadi. All moneys were drawn from disaster relief fund.

For not much relief to speak of, the then CM had 12.51 lakh families lining at various venues around the state, transforming these places into misery sites to wait at.

To top it, the government expenditure to upkeep the stunt cost the state exchequer a neat rs 21.14 crore. Of the grievances received, 55,740 were thrown to the wind.  

 

LDF Government

Applications were invited online and aid released directly into people’s accounts.


3) 1,43,000 Title Deeds Distributed

UDF Government

 ‘Zero Landless Scheme” proved to be a farce where landless people, in a  cruel hand out, were given unusable land such as rocky terrain etc. Some had their title deeds taken back within days with govt agencies like KWA etc claiming the charity were lands belonged to them.

 

LDF Government

143 Lakh title deeds  distributed in the four years gone by, which is  27,000 title deeds more than the UDF total, claimed by Oomen Chandy himself.

 

4) Startups

UDF Government

300 startups set up at the end of UDF tenure in 2016. Investment Rs 2.20 crore. Employment thereof : 3200.

 

LDF Government

757 Startups in 2017; Investment Rs. 80 Crore ; 10,000   People employed.

1500 Startups in 2018; Investment Rs. 280 Crore ;   15,100 People employed.

2200 Startups in 2019; Investment Rs. 875  Crore ;    20,699 People employed.

(In 2018, Kerala ranked top on the charts for highest number of startups in the country)

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5) Vizhinjam Port

UDF Government

Began works in 2015

 

LDF Government

675 meter of core stretch completed at Pullimoot. Yard, port user building, operations building, workshop, gate complex, sub station, approach road etc now in the last phase of construction Pre-casting of piling beam slabs at container berth(800x600 meter) completed.

 

 

6) GAIL Pipeline

UDF Government

GAIL announced plans to cancel the project

 

LDF Government

Roadblocks removed, project commenced and completed, all  in 2020.


7) National Waterway

UDF Government

At snail pace in  2015

 

LDF Government

Commissioned Kochi-Kottayam barge by 2020

 

 

8) National Highway

UDF Government

Land acquisition reaches dead end in 2015.

 

LDF Government

Project gets approval in 2020. Thallapad-Chenkala-Neeleswaram gets reach-in approval. Land acquisition underway at rapid pace.

 


9) Kannur Airport

UDF Government

Airport inaugurated in 2015 with airplanes landing in muck in the absence of runways.

 

 LDF Government

By 2020 : All aviation facilities and modern amenities set up. Flight services take off.

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10)  Distribution of Text Books

UDF Government

Texts not made available to  students even as the academic year.draws to a close.

 

LDF Government

Text books for the upcoming academic year distributed before closure of the ongoing year.

 

 

11) Public Schools

UDF Government

5 lakh children dropped out of government schools. Schools running on loss locked up.

 

LDF Government

More than 5 lakh new enrolments. Took over schools shut down by UDF.

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12) Bridges

UDF Government

Palarivattom Flyover is a classic  example.  Vyttilla and  Kundanoor bridge works were inaugurated  without  releasing  funds. .

 

LDF Government

Government approval for 240 bridges. 68 completed. Construction of 74 bridges underway. Land acquisition made for another 98.

 

 

13) New Roads

LDF Government

KSTP will complete construction of roads stretching 929-km, of 187.34 km have been completed. Construction activities at roads stretching 221 km are underway. Governmental nod for an additional 521 km in roads.

 

14) Medical Colleges

Idukki

UDF Government

In Idduki, Medical College was set up shoddily after evacuating DMO that stood adjacent to District Hospital. Secured MCI approval after assuring that all facilities would be provided for in two years. Not even beds were arranged and eventually,  the MCI recognition went down the drain during the UDF tenure itself. The flip left  scores of medical students  in the lurch.

 

LDF Government

Government shifted the stranded medicos to other government medical colleges. Completed construction of the academic block of medical college apart from its staff quarters and laboratory. Have applied for MCI recognition.

 

Manjeseri

UDF Government

Converted Manjeseri District Hospital into Medical College without arranging for mandatory facilities and went to the verge of losing MCI recognition.

 

LDF Government

Upkept MCI recognition and created posts necessary for medical college operations. All basic facilities were built and equipments installed. Construction of students’ hostel underway. Procured permanent recognition for MBBS degree course. PG courses to commence soon.

 

 

Konni

UDF Government

Only announcement made.

 

LDF Government

Completed the Hospital Block. Construction of Academic block underway. Government approves  funds for  phase-II constructions. Will make fund available through KIIFB. Appointed principal for the college.

 

Paripally

UDF Government

Took over ESI building at Paripalli Medical College  and did nothing further at all.

 

LDF Government

Made available facilities and equipments required by the medical college. Created required posts. Procured recognition for 100 medical sets. Currently 3 batches of students have gained admission.

 

 

Kasaragod

UDF Government

Only announcement made.

 

LDF Government

Academic block ready. Set up state-of-the-art Covid hospital on site. The hospital block will be ready shortly. 273 posts created for the college.

 

Kannur Pariyaram

UDF Government

Did nothing.

 

LDF Government

Took over the hospital and converted it into medical college.

 

Ernakulam

UDF Government

Took over the Medical College but did little else.

 

LDF Government

Installed quality healthcare facilities . Commenced operations at specialty and  super specialty sections by creating required posts. Regularized staff.  Rs 368  core being spend to complete construction works at the super specialty .  The Nipah and Covid treatments at the hospital drew world attention.  

 


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