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Kerala: Poverty eradication, prevention of property attachment, ‘smart kitchen’ to be main agenda of LDF govt
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan following the first cabinet meeting after the much-awaited swearing-in ceremony
Riding on the success of a landslide victory in the assembly polls, the newly formed government has announced a slew of measures that are aimed at the welfare of the middle class citizens who are reeling under a financial crunch following the first and second Covid wave and the subsequent lockdowns in the state.
The five major decisions taken by the newly sworn LDF government under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan are
Eradication of ‘extreme poverty’
Legislation to prevent attachment of properties by banks
‘Smart kitchen’ to ease the burden of housewives
Jobs for 20 lakh educated unemployed
Grievance committee for investors
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan following the first cabinet meeting after the much-awaited swearing-in ceremony where 500 guests were allowed to participate following the strict lockdown restrictions in place in the capital city Thiruvananthapuram.
Apart from the most prioritized 5 promises, the newly elected government has promised that all government services will be made online from October 2nd onwards.
“The LDF manifesto has estimated that the extreme poor in Kerala would not exceed 45 lakh. More than 1.5 lakh such families are already under the ‘Ashraya’ scheme for the destitute. The objective is to pull these 45 lakh people above the ‘Below Poverty Line’”, said Pinarayi Vijayan in his first media briefing after being elected as the Chief Minister.
“Over the next five years, acute poverty will be eradicated from the state. Each destitute person and family suffering from poverty will be identified. Through local and domestic projects, they will be brought above the poverty line,” the Chief Minister said after the cabinet meeting.
The cabinet also decided to enact strong legislation to prevent people from being evicted from their homes due to revenue recovery proceedings by financial institutions. A committee comprising the additional chief secretary (finance), additional chief secretary (planning), and a few expert lawyers have been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed report by July 15.