Kuttanad package: Panel submits report

Published: 18th July 2012 12:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2012 12:27 PM   |  A+A-

The Committee, appointed by KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, to study the anomalies in the implementation of Kuttanad package, submitted its report on Tuesday and suggested that a coordination of various departments was needed for effective implementation of the projects.

The Committee, headed by former Agriculture Minister Cyriac John, recommended that a senior IAS officer should be appointed to coordinate the works of 12 departments.

The construction activities should be continued only after ensuring the quality of the outer bunds. A major chunk of the funds are spend on the bund constructions. There are allegations that construction of the bunds are carried out to protect the interests of contractors, officials and middlemen.

The Committee also observed that some of the places, which had to be included in the first-phase of the package, such as Chambakulam, Muttar, Ramankari, Veliyanadu, Edathwa, Thalavadi, Nedumudi, Kainakari and Pulinkunnu, had been excluded.

An inquiry should be conducted on the decision to include Rani and Chithira backwaters, where no cultivation has taken place, in the first-phase. Agriculture loss was reported from Mangalam and Manikyamangalam owing to the unscientific preparation of priority list.

The Implementation Committee, to be chaired by Chief Secretary, is yet to be constituted.


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