THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cabinet has decided to name three government colleges functioning at Attappadi, Thanoor and Balussery after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, former Chief Minister C H Mohammad Koya and father of Indian constitution Dr B R Ambedkar respectively. The decision was taken considering demands of the local people, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister pointed out that single-teacher schools operating in the state have a major role in providing education to students in distant forest areas and coastal regions. The government has decided to increase the remuneration of teachers at the 321 single-teacher schools operating in 12 districts across the state. Their remuneration has been hiked from the present `3,000 to `5,000.
The Cabinet has decided to provide 1.10 acres of land from the Irrigation Department for setting up a Fruit and Vegetable Unit at Elanji village in Ernakulam.
The government decided to grant financial aid of `5,000 to the 299 labourers at Alappuzha harbour in view of Onam. The financial assistance given for the marriage of daughters of fishermen has been increased from `1,500 to `10,000. A decision has been taken to increase the aid given to the family of the deceased fishermen from ` 20,000 to `50,000. Also, the immediate relief given to the dependants of the deceased has been made `15,000 instead of `5,000. The government has decided to set up the headquarters of the State Disaster Management Authority in Thiruvananthapuram. The Cabinet cleared `7.68 crore for constructing the headquarters building. Habitat Technology group has been assigned with the task of construction, he said.