Chief Minister Begins Assessment of Ministers, Departments

Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is engaged in a process to review major projects under all departments, in an attempt to assess the performance of his Cabinet colleagues and the government in general. The Government has identified 12 initiatives which will be undertaken in connection with its second anniversary. On the first day of the exercise, initiatives in departments under six ministers, including the CM himself, came up for review. Portfolios held by A K Balan, SC/ST Welfare Minister; Mathew A Thomas, Water Resources Minister; Ramachandran Kadannappally, Ports Minister; Thomas Chandy, Transport Minister; and C Raveendranath, Education Minister were assessed.

The Chief Minister sat with the respective minister for about half an hour to discuss the progress of measures taken in his department. Secretaries of the department concerned were also present. In addition to the Chief Secretary K M Abraham, the CM’s Principal Secretary Nalini Netto, the CM’s Principal Secretary (coordination) VS Senthil, IT Secretary M Sivasankar and the CM’s private secretary M V Jayarajan also attended the review.

Some of the projects reviewed included; Steps to renovate the Kozhikode-Neeleswaram west coast canal; A Rs. 333 crore-project to be implemented for Parvathy Puthanar river cleaning and development; Administrative sanction issued for Kerala Fiber Optic Network (K-FON) in the IT Department at a cost of Rs. 1,028 crore; A project expected to be completed by January 2018 that aims to link engineering colleges with IT parks in the State to ensure students’ skill development;  A Rs. 500 crore project for Azheekal Port development; Development of Alappuzha marina and Ponnani ports at a cost of Rs. 760 crore; and Steps taken by Transport Department for a computer-based driving test.

The 12 projects to be implemented in connection with the Government’s second anniversary are, Auxiliary facilities development for Vizhinjan International Port; Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in Eramalloor-Kodungalloor sector; Proposed Light Metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode; Secretariat-Thampanoor Skywalk; Connectivity from National Highway to Technopark and Technocity;  Zoological-botanical parks in Wayanad and Munnar; High-speed roads from Kannur airport to interior areas of Kozhikode; Kochi-Coimbatore industrial corridor; Transgrid 2.0 ahead of the high-voltage DC line from Pugalur to Madakkathara; Hydel tourism project near Idukki reservoir; Development of waterways in Alappuzha;  and Value-added products-based industry in rubber sector.