Thursday, June 27, 2013

CM receives UN Award

                            Bahrain 27-06-2013: CM today received the UN Public Service Award from UN Under Secretary General Wu Hongbo in a splendid ceremony at the national theatre here. The UN award is considered as Oscar Award for public service.  
                Thousands of malayalees in Bahrain congratulated CM on receiving the prestigious award. The malayalees present at the function welcomed the CM with a huge round of applause.  
             The award was presented at the plenary session of the convention based on the theme 'Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All conducted by UN public forum held from June 24 to 27. Representatives from 80 countries participated in the function. 600 applications were considered for the award. Various successful experiments done in governance in different countries were submitted for UNPSA.  
             UN noted that the Mass Contact Programme of Oommen Chandy was a model for the whole world to emulate. CM pointed out that democracy is strengthened when the distance between people and officials is shortened and added that he always laid stress on decreasing this gap. When a leader gets close to people more transparency is ensured and it stops corruption.  
             The next stage of MCP is totally IT driven . It will help in increasing the reach of e- governance. All petitions are to be submitted online. Bahrain Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad ibn Mubarak Al Khalifah was the chief guest of the function.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

India wins Champions Trophy


              India clinched the ICC Champions Trophy, in its last edition, with a nerve-wracking five-run victory over hosts England in a rain-hit final here today, giving their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the unique record of being the first captain to win three world titles.  After frustrating showers reduced the contest to a T20 affair, India first scored 129 for seven and then restricted England to 124 for eight in a topsy-turvy game that went down to the wire. Ravindra Jadeja (33 no and 2/24) made another all-round contribution which proved to be telling in the context of the match. The sizeable Indian crowd erupted in joy when Ravichandran Ashwin (2/15) finished the final over with James Tredwell unable to hit the required six off the last delivery. Skipper Dhoni jumped in joy as the delirious Indian players hugged each others while the others were busy collecting souvenir stumps to mark another remarkable chapter in Indian cricket history. This was India's second Champions Trophy title having won the first one jointly with Sri Lanka back in 2002. That India won the championship two days before the 30th anniversary of maiden World Cup triumph back on June 25, 1983.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mass Contact Programme 

to resume in July

                The mass contact programme whereby Chief Minister Oommen Chandy directly engages with people in the State to address their grievances will be launched again in July. Disclosing this in a written reply to a question in the Assembly on Monday, the Chief Minister said the details were being worked out. In the first edition of the mass contact programme held across the State in the 14 district headquarters, the Chief Minister had received over 5 lakh petitions. Mr. Chandy informed the House that all petitions, except 1.25 lakh petitions in which legal and other issues were involved, had been settled.
The Chief Minister said the movement of files in the Secretariat would be made more transparent with the introduction of the Information Data Exchange Advanced System (IDEAS). The public would be able to know the movement of files and the time it took online. Already, 20 lakh certificates, including Transfer of Registry, had been provided online by the Revenue Department.
More online services would be provided, Mr. Chandy said. The effort was to provide speedy and quality service to the public by all departments.

                                                            MCP 2013 SHEDULE 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

GSTU Thiruvananthapuram District 
LEADERSHIP CAMP @ Vellayambalam 
2013 June 15,16

Friday, June 7, 2013

Finally, work begins on Kochi Metro

                       Kochi:Construction work on the Rs 5000 crore Kochi Metro project began today with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurating the piling work at a funcion here. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation
stone for the project on September 13 last year. Chandy waved a green flag at the function at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium as simultaneously, the piling work commenced at nearby Edapally. The Chief Minister said this was a 'proud moment' for the state which had waited for years for its dream to become a reality. Urging everyone to pledge support for the project to
ensure its completion within the stipulated time frame, Chandy said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Principal Advisor, E Sreedharan had promised that the project would become a reality in 1095 days. But had also wanted that the metro work should not be affected even a single day. The 25-km Kochi Metro route, which will have 22 stations from Aluva to Petta, is expected to be completed in about three years time. 

The Chief Minister said there have been demands from various quarters for the extension of the metro to the IT hub at Kakkanad, Tripunithura, Nedumbassery airport-Angamally and Mattancherry. Chandy said the government has decided to ask the Kochi Metro to study the demands and submit a report in six months on the extension after which the Centre's consent would be taken to go ahead with it, he said. Consultancy agreement with the DMRC would be signed within a week on the Rs 5000 crore Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode Monorail project. By August this year, the Mono rail work will commence, he said. 
The metro project received the centre's sanction in July last year and the Union and Kerala government are equity
partners in the project, executing agency of which is the DMRC. The centre's share is Rs 1002.23 crore (about 19.3 percent of total project cost while the state's share is Rs 2009.56 crore (about Rs 38.7 per cent) while loan from funding agencies is Rs 2170 crore (about 42 per cent).Urban Development Secretary, Sudheer Krishna, who is also the DMRC and Kochi Metro chairman, said Metro rail and Mono rail are the key drivers of growth and 'pied piper' of development. Efforts would also be made to integrate the Kochi metro with the city's waterways, he said. Kochi city could face several inconveniences during the construction work, he said, adding Kochi Metro Rail LTD (KMRL) would take steps to minimise the discomfort.  KMRL Managing Director Elias George presented the project report. KMRL is also looking at aid from the Japan International Cooperation agency and French financial agency Agence Francaise de Development (AFD). Union Minister, K V Thomas, state ministers-- P K Kunhalikutty, K M Mani, Aryadan Mohammed were among those present at the function. Former Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer was also present. PTI

Sunday, June 2, 2013