Mango cellphone row: Pinarayi seeks apology from PT Thomas

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By Categorical Information Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief  Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday sought an apology from P T Thomas,  MLA, for elevating an allegation with a view to “mislead the meeting”. Whereas shifting an adjournment movement on the Muttil tree-felling case on Tuesday, Thomas had tried to focus on the affect of the accused saying they’d meant to make the CM launch their Mango cellphone however have been arrested from the venue earlier than the launch. 

Although  he didn’t point out the CM’s identify, his intention was to create an impression that the current CM had gone to launch a undertaking of the fraudsters, Pinarayi mentioned. “In truth, the  makers of Kerala’s Mango cellphone have been arrested on February 29, 2016 on the  launch occasion. I used to be not the CM then and there’s no want  for me to inform who was.

I’m not sure whether or not Thomas will get any gratification if I inform the identify of the then  CM. By making a smoke display of confusion, he’s making an attempt to put the present CM previously incident,” he  mentioned. Although Thomas was current within the meeting through the chief minister’s reply, he didn’t reply to the assertion.

The final date for submitting possibility for Amnesty Scheme to settle excellent tax dues below Kerala Worth Added Tax has been prolonged until November 30 from August 31, mentioned Finance Minister Ok N Balagopal. Date to submit choice to file gross sales tax dues of bars has been prolonged till October 31. 

297 mentor lecturers posted for tribal college students
As many as 297 mentor lecturers have been appointed below the ‘Gothrabandhu’ scheme to stop tribal college students from dropping out, SC/ST growth minister Ok Radhakrishan mentioned. The undertaking additionally goals to resolve the difficulties confronted by tribal kids relating to studying Malayalam medium.

KIIFB allocation for SC/STs meagre: V D Satheesan
Opposition chief V D Satheesan mentioned KIIFB allocation for SC/ST growth is meagre. Referring to Financial Overview, which mentioned J25 crore has been spent for SC/ST group, he mentioned within the meeting, “That is the issue of implementing issues from “plan to undertaking” like what the Centre is doing.”

No MoU with EMCC signed or cancelled, says Saji Cherian
Fisheries Minister Saji Cherian instructed the meeting that no conferences have been held overseas pertaining to EMCC deal through the earlier LDF authorities. The division had neither signed nor cancelled an MoU with EMCC on deep-sea fishing. He additionally mentioned the state has management solely over fishing in coastal areas as much as 12 nautical miles.

G12.5 cr allotted to guard coastal areas from sea erosion
The federal government has allotted I10 crore and Kerala Water Authority J2.52 crore from non-plan fund as rapid help to protect coastal areas from sea erosion, Water Assets Minister Roshy Augustine mentioned. The finances additionally included a complete coastal safety package deal scheme by earmarking J1,500 crore.

CM offers nod for vigilance probe into G100-crore KSRTC anomaly
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has given the nod for a vigilance probe into the J100 crore fund misappropriation in KSRTC. The choice was taken primarily based on the advice of Transport Minister Antony Raju.  The alleged irregularity occurred through the UDF rule between 2010 and 2013. The cash (J100.75 crore) was meant for distribution from the principle workplace to numerous depots. Nevertheless, an investigation by the finance division discovered that there was no document of transactions via banks or treasuries. The report mentioned the officers created confusion by not creating information of fund transaction and it amounted to corruption. The incident occurred at a time when the KSRTC had been dealing with monetary difficulties. It demanded measures for monetary self-discipline and motion towards erring officers. 

Opposition walks out 
The Opposition UDF walked out of the meeting after the speaker rejected a discover to debate the gasoline worth hike. Responding to the discover, Minister Ok N Balagopal dismissed the Opposition’s proposal for effecting a minimize in taxes levied by state authorities on petrol and diesel. He claimed the state levied one of many lowest gasoline tax charges within the nation.

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