Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy today said the state government would bring in a
Right to Service Act to ensure that the government`s services
and programmes are delivered promptly to the people.
The proposed legislation would be as revolutionary as the
Right to Information Act brought in by the Centre, Chandy said
in his first Independence Day address after coming to power
following Congress-led UDF victory`s in the April 13 Assembly
Though Kerala was reputed for its achievements in
education, healthcare and other services, the quality and
efficacy of the system of delivery had eroded over the years
and it was now essential to strengthen and streamline it, the
Chief Minister said.
He also said that it was important for the state to
strengthen its economic foundation as it no longer could
remain content with the remittances from people working
Chandy said the UDF Government was committed to improving
the situation by hard work, dedication and result-oriented
Expressing concern over increase in crimes against women
and children, Chandy said a social security programme called
"thooval sparsham" would be launched to ensure safety of women
and children within and outside their homes.
Steps would also be taken for effectively tackling cyber
crimes and fraudulent deals like "money chains," he added.
Chandy said India was poised to become the second largest
economic power in the next two decades as its strength was
demonstrated when it remained intact during the global
meltdown which affected even the most powerful nations of the
Though terrorism and extremism posed threat to the
country, its strong democratic system was capable of
overcoming all such challenges, he said.
The Chief Minister said the 100-day action plan launched
by the government had proved wrong the notion that only
controversies flourish in Kerala at the cost of economic and
Chandy also unfurled the national flag and inspected the
Independence Day parade in which contingents of armed forces
units, various wings of state police, paramilitary forces, NCC
and scouts and guides participated.