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'Plan to Give Statutory Status for Residents Assns'

Finance Minister K M Mani has said that the state government will consider giving statutory status to residents associations if such a proposal is forwarded by the administration department.

Published: 17th February 2014 09:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2014 09:51 AM   |  A+A-

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Finance Minister K M Mani has said that the state government will consider giving statutory status to residents associations if such a proposal is forwarded by the administration department.

He was inaugurating the Residents Apex Council of Kerala (RACK) state conference here on Sunday. He added that the importance of Residents Associations has increased now.

“The residents associations play a pivotal role in the development of infrastructure facilities. They also help discharge government services to people effectively. The support of residents associations in programmes like Janamaithri is indeed commendable,” he said.

“It was when I held discussions with these associations that it I came to know that some budget proposals are a burden on the people,” he said.

The minister promised that the issue of heavy registration and renewal fees for residents association will be resolved. Hibi Eden MLA presided over the function. Minister K Babu was the guest of honour.

P Rajeeve M P, MLAs Benny Behanan, Dominic Presentation, RACK state president Hashim Parakkadan, Adv Paraneeyam Devakumar, M S Venugopal, Satheeshchandran Nair, P S Bhasi, Job Ancheri, K J Varghese, Baby Joseph, P Jayadevan Nair, Tharian Chungath, C A Sureshkumar and Sudheerkumar Rao spoke on the occasion. ADGP B Sandhya, who got the president’s medal, was honoured at the function.

Budget Crucial

Finance Minister K M Mani said that the state government has huge expectations in the Union Budget to be presented on Monday.

He was speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the state conference of Residents Apex Council of Kerala (RACK).

“An industrial manufacturing zone should be set up in Kerala, in order to promote industries here. As the capacity of the BPCL Kochi Refinery is all set to be enhanced soon, industries in the petroleum sector can also be set up here. The budget may consider these aspects,” he said.

He hoped that `1500 crore will be allotted in the budget for the development of Vizhinjam Port.

Mani further said that the budget should address the issue of price hike of essential commodities and has to put forward a system to resolve this.

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