Cong`s development meet adopts frame-work document for Kerala

The four-day Kerala Development meet organised by the Congress when the assembly polls are round corner today concluded by adopting a road map for the state, setting the goal as leading the state to double digit at the earliest.

Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 21:47 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The four-day Kerala
Development meet organised by the Congress when the assembly
polls are round corner today concluded by adopting a road map
for the state, setting the goal as leading the state to
double digit at the earliest.

The Kerala Development Congress organised by the Rajiv
Gandhi Instiute of Development Studies under the KPCC also
called for evolving a political consensus for ensuring
inclusive and sustaibale growth of all vital sectors without
being affected by the change of government.

Briefing reporters on the conclusions and recommendations of
the meet, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on February 11, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said
the document would be public domain for further debates.
The document said the immediate goal before the state
should be serious efforts to take the State`s Domestic
products to double digit growth.

The should includ policy initiatives to accelerat the
agricultural and industrial growth, attracting private
investments, utilising NRI investments in productive areas
including small enterprises and a scientific but
environmentally sustainable land-use policy, taking into
account specifics of the state like high population density.
It wanted special quotas enjoyed by the political leadership
and higher beaurocracy to be done away with to ensure
transparent and corruption-free governance.

The meet felt that the state should no longer blindly oppose
private investment including FDI. Private Public Partnership
(PPP) mode should be welcomed for infrastructure development.

Various session of the conference was addressed by Union
ministers P Chidambara,Vayalar Ravi and Vilas Rao Deshmukh
as well as ministers from the LDF Government in the state.

Papers were presented on a variety of topics by experts
and discussed in sessions,attended by over 2000 delegates
from different parts of the state.

This was for the first time that the Congress in Kerala
organised such an elaborate exercise to discuss the
developmental issues of the state in a threadbare manner.

The CPI-M had recently conducted a similar meet in Kerala,
where the issues were discussed in a Left perspective.

PTI