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Monday, Feb 03, 2003
Industry & Economy
Kerala CM for drive to meet NSS target
THIRIVANANTHAPURAM, Feb. 2
THE Chief Minister, Mr A. K. Antony, has exhorted the district collectors to launch an intensive drive for achieving the current year's target under the National Savings Scheme (NSS) by touting its distinctively favourable interest rate differential over bank deposits.
Speaking at a collectors' conference, he said that the State Government has, as on date, managed to achieve some 54 per cent (Rs 985 crore) of the targeted Rs 1,825 crore for the current year.
The Government would announce incentives for achieving the targets, he added.
Districts which exceed their individual targets would be eligible for a jeep for every Rs 5 crore mobilised.
The collectors of the districts where the achievements exceed 100 per cent would be separately rewarded.
Mr Antony also said used the occasion to assess the progress of the food-for-work programme being implemented in the plantation and tribal sectors.
The Chief Minister also called upon the collectors to keep a close watch on the programme with a view to preventing the occurrence of starvation deaths.
Mr Antony also stressed the need to maintain a concentrated focus on the issue of tribal land resettlement under the Tribal Mission.
The implementation of the housing, drinking water and electricity projects also need to be taken up in right earnest, he added.
According to the Chief Minister, the new computerised facility being installed as part of the `good governance programme' at the districts should enable the issuance of at least 20 certificates, including those on birth, caste and income, through one interface.
"The collectors should take the initiative in implementing this programme, which is intended to bring in efficiency, transparency and speed in Government functioning."He also urged the collectors to oversee the training of officials wherever computers have been introduced.
Besides, Mr Antony sought their wholehearted co-operation in the successful execution of the State-wide `Clean Kerala' project, which is assuming importance in the context of new investments being committed into the State.
Relief assistance: Mr Antony said that relief funds would be released in this month itself from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to those who have applied for the assistance.
The required funds have been mobilised largely under the Akshaya Lottery Scheme.
A large number of people have been waiting for assistance under the relief fund and the district collectors have been asked to be diligent in acting on the applications received thus far.
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