'Devpt Must Not Widen Economic Divide'
Benefits of prime projects launched by the government and local self-governments should reach the marginalised section of the society as migration from villages to city cannot be controlled if the developments do not cater to all levels of the society. Development should not be in such a way that it widens the divide between the haves and the have nots, said Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.
He said this while distributing three-wheeled vehicles to physically-challenged at Kakkanad on Tuesday.
The programme was organised by the district panchayat.
“Under the Panchayati Raj Act, immense power is vested with panchayats. Hence, how money granted for such projects is distributed is the most pertinent question. Every concept envisaged should include the marginalised section of society,” he said.
District panchayat president Eldhose Kunnappilly presided over the function.
Benny Behanan MLA handed over keys to the people who got the vehicles.
Hibi Eden MLA, V P Sajeendran MLA, Anwar Sadath MLA, District Collector M G Rajamanickam, Thrikkakara Municipality chairman Shaji Vazhakkala and district panchayat vice-president Bindu George also attended the function.
The district panchayat will distribute 712 three-wheeled vehicles worth `4.32 crore.
Chennithala Mum on Aranmula Issue
Talking on the sidelines of the function, Chennithala said that there is no difference of opinion between the government and the KPCC on the Aranmula airport issue. “I do not want to comment any more on this issue. Those who are responsible for it, will talk on this matter,” he said. The Home Minister said that there is very little truth in the rumour that Sudhakaran MP reacted against Sonia Gandhi’s declaration that there will not be any groupism in the Congress anymore. “I have spoken to him. He has made it clear that he had not spoken anything against the high command. The Congress will face the Lok Sabha election unitedly and will fetch more votes than in 2009,” he said. Chennithala said that the CPM is on the brink of deterioration. “The ‘Kerala Raksha Yatra’ of Pinarayi Vijayan could not make any ripples in the society. Some CPM leaders’ comment that the Nirbhaya project will benefit only a few women members of the Congress is ridiculous. Volunteers will carry out their service towards the society without any remuneration. The misunderstanding will change once they get to know how this project is being handled,” he said.