Ministers in Kerala to declare assets

The UDF govt in Kerala unveiled an action plan to be implemented in next 100 days with focus on corruption free and transparent administration and also announced that assets of ministers will be published on the govt website.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2011, 23:00 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The UDF government in
Kerala on Thursday unveiled an action plan to be implemented in next
100 days with focus on corruption free and transparent
administration and also announced that assets of ministers and
their families will be published on the government website.

A special cabinet meeting held today gave final shape
to the action programmes to be carried out by various
departments in next 100 days, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
told reporters while revealing the schemes.

As part of offering a corrupt free and transparent
government, he said assets of ministers, their families and
personnel staff, senior IAS officers, advocate general and
law officers will be published in the next few days.

Noting that corruption will not be tolerated at any
cost, Chandy said special awards will be given to those who
expose corruption.

The government will also come out with a policy to
protect those who seek information regarding government
activities, popularly known as whistle-blowers, under the
Right to Information Act.

To make the law against corruption more stringent, he
said government would amend the Lokayukta Bill in tune with
the proposed Lokpal Bill of the Centre, he said.

The Rs one kg rice scheme for BPL category would be
implemented during Onam season in September and government
would also come up with a comprehensive health insurance
scheme for poor, he said.

Affirming that availability of land for development
works was an issue in Kerala, Chandy said a new land
acquisition policy with spotlight on rehabilitation of
displaced people and ensuring market value for the land
acquired would be brought out.

To speed up the projects under the Sabarimala master
plan, a committee headed by State Devaswom Minister VS
Sivakumar has been constituted and maximum work under the
projects would be taken up and completed before the coming
festival season at the shrine.

The state would take up with Centre the issues related
to Athirapally Power project, problems faced by fishermen in
constructing houses in Coastal Regulation Zones and land
necessary for improving amenities for Ayyappa pilgrims
visiting Sabarimla, Chandy said.

PTI