THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to simplify the law governing the culling of wild boars damaging crops in select eastern districts of the state.
The plan is to give permission to farmers to kill the boars in their own land using a licensed gun or otherwise.
Earlier, they had to gain the prior approval of Forest Department officials. This condition has been waived, Rural Development Minister K C Joseph said, briefing the media on Cabinet decisions.
Once the animal is killed, the carcass has to be handed over to the Forest official concerned within 24 hours. The weapon used for the killing too has to be handed over for inspection with two independent witnesses.
The Cabinet sanctioned Rs 5 crore for Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd for manufacturing generic drugs for government hospitals. The Cabinet also decided to release `70 lakh for completing the construction of a lab.
The Cabinet approved the construction of an overbridge at Pachalam at a cost of `52.59 crore. The bridge will be built on the same terms and conditions set for the DMRC for undertaking infrastructure works for Kochi Metro. 0.2525 hectares will be acquired for the project.
Amendment of Act
The Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act will be amended to regulate the construction of mechanised fishing craft.
The last date for applying for NoC for CBSE and ICSC schools has been extended up to January 21, 2015.