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Procurement Price of Paddy Hiked

Published: 14th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to increase the paddy procurement price to Rs 19 from the beginning of the second season of 2013-14.

The government will have an additional financial burden of Rs 6.3 cr due to this decision, said the Chief Minister during the post-Cabinet media briefing.  It was on March 3, 2014 that the procurement price was increased to Rs 19 from the existing Rs 18.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet decided to give  Rs 19 to paddy procured before this date in the second season.  Onam Kits for ST Families   The government will provide Onam kits to 1.48 lakh Scheduled Tribe families in the state this year.

An amount of Rs 8.25 crore would be sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to the Civil Supplies Corporation to issue kits with 10 kgs of rice and six grocery items, the Chief Minister said. Directions were issued to the Director of Scheduled Tribes Development Department to meet the expenditure for transporting these kits.

Nod for 2 Courses

 The government decided to sanction two courses - Diploma in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering - at Chelakkara Government Polytechnic this year. As many as 11 posts were also created for the purpose.

Innovation Council

The Cabinet on Wednesday constituted the State Innovation Council with former Chief Secretary Jose Cyriac as the chairman.

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