Kerala witnessed significant progress on human development:

Kerala has witnessed significant progress on the human development aspects and also has the highest literacy rate in the country, former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, said Friday.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 22:17 PM IST

Kozhikode: Kerala has witnessed significant
progress on the human development aspects and also has the
highest literacy rate in the country, former President
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, said Friday.

Speaking on `Sustainable development leads to Prosperity`
at a function got upto to honour the Kerala Industries
minister Elamaram Kareem and Kozhikode District Collector
Dr P B Salim, for their exemplary work for the development of
the state, Kalam said that Kerala has one of the best health
care system in the country.

Kerala`s economy has been steadily growing and the state
economy has enjoyed a strong factor advantage in industry such
as rubber, coir and agro processing, he said.

The long coastline and 44 rivers with 8 fishing harbours
and 14 fish landing centre facilitates Kerala share a marine
export of more than 1 lakh tonne, he said.

Pointing that Kerala had shown growth in service sector,
he said `Kerala witnessed growth in services sector
particularly IT, ITES due to the availability of skilled work
force, low operational cost and good IT infrastructure`.

Noting that the state was facing some key challenges in
sectors of economy like agriculture, he said the challenges
are non-viability of agriculture due to the high cost of
labour and decline in productivity due to lack of
modernisation.

`High labour cost, pressure on land and preference for
white colour and non-labour intensive jobs and threat to
traditional industry due to shift in focus to the service
sector` are the challenges faced in the industry sector, Kalam
said.

PTI