Sunday, November 12, 2006
Sunday November 12 2006 00:00 IST
T’PURAM: Members of Parliament from Kerala on Saturday decided to voice their concern and to use their collective power to get the centre saction the state’s demands.
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, who convened the conference, asked the MPs to put pressure on the centre for speedy implementation of the pending projects of the state. The centre had provided assistance to the agriculture sector, he said, adding farmers still resorted to suicide, which was unfortunate.
He asked the members to exert pressure on the centre for more assistance to Kerala farmers. On the Vizhinjam deep sea transhipment terminal, Achuthanandan said a clarification from the centre was needed in this respect. “Security clearance was denied to the Vizhinjam project. But the centre had not specified on what basis the clearance was denied”, he said.
He also said the centre should come out with an agriculture debt relief commission. The 17-MPs who attended the conference resolved to lobby with the centre for the speedy implementation of the projects put forward by the state.
They also said that the opening of the two institutions - IIT and the Indian institute of science - would be raised during the parliament session.