Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Wednesday that fishermen and their families would receive Rs 3,000 in financial assistance as a result of the fishing ban imposed during the recent heavy rains in Kerala.
In a social media post, the Chief Minister stated that 26 fishing days were lost due to heavy rains; in October and November, causing financial hardship for fisherfolk and related laborers.
Later, in a press release, State Finance Minister K N Balagopal said the Cabinet had decided; to provide financial assistance to 1,59,481 coastal families. With Rs 47.84 crore coming from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
In a separate statement, State Fisheries Minister Saji Cherian praised the initiative; saying it would benefit inland and coastal fishermen, as well as their families.
K-DISC project: The cabinet also approved a project run by the Kerala Knowledge-Economy Mission under the Kerala digital innovation strategic council (K-DISC) to provide jobs for unemployed qualified youths. The project aims to provide jobs for up to 20 lakh unemployed people. In addition to the budget share, the cabinet decided to look into funding options from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank; and International Finance Corporation for the project.
Report of the state law reform commission: The cabinet also approved the state law reform commission’s 15th report.
Standing counsel in the Supreme Court: The cabinet decided to name Harshad V Hamid; as the state’s Supreme Court standing counsel.
Post Created: The cabinet decided to create the positions of director, professor, associate professor, and assistant professor in the Cochin University of Science and Technology’s inter-university center for intellectual property rights.
Government guarantee: The cabinet has also decided to provide a government guarantee; for the Kerala Handicrafts Development Corporation to obtain a Rs 5 crore loan from the Kerala Bank.