Rehabilitation package for unwed tribal mothers in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: With an aim to help unwed mothers in the tribal hamlet of Wayanad district in northern Kerala, government today announced a social security relief package including one acre land and a house for them.

Talking to reporters here after cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said as per the records with state Commission for Backward Classes, there were 910 unwed mothers in Wayanad district.

However, as per the information of police, the number of unwed mothers would be more than 1500, Chandy said, adding, the "government view the incident of exploitation of women very seriously and will take legal action against those responsible for the harassment".

It was also decided to enhance the pension of Rs 300 announced by previous LDF government to unwed mothers to Rs 1000, Chandy said.

On the question of 'rice for Rs one per kg scheme' for BPL categories, he said the government wanted to link the scheme with Centre's Food Security Act programmes.

However, the state would implement its scheme from coming Onam festival season in September, if there was delay in linking the scheme with that of the Centre's, Chandy said.

It was decided to constitute a cabinet sub-committee with Chief Minister as Chairman to sort out any problems in the implementation of rural works, he said.

The committee was formed in the wake of criticism that dividing the Department of Local Self Government under three ministers in the newly formed UDF ministry would result in diluting decentralisation process in the state, Chandy said.

However, bifurcation of the department would in no way affect the administration initiatives, he said.

Another cabinet sub-committee with Finance Minister K M Mani, Irrigation Minister P J Joseph, Minister for Public Works V K Ebrahim Kunju and Minister for Rural Development K C Joseph would be be constituted to speed up construction works in the state, Chandy said.

The first session of the 13th Kerala Assembly would begin on June 24 with the address of Governor R S Gavai. The new budget would be presented during the session that would last till July 20, he added. PTI