The Cabinet in Thiruvananthapuram has decided to increase the paddy procurement prices from Rs 18 to Rs 19  during the staring of second half season of year 2013-14.

This decision will put an extra burden on Rs  6.3 cr  said by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, during the post-Cabinet media briefing.This decision will come into force from march 3,2014.

 The Cabinet will distribute the Onam Kits for Scheduled Tribes of the state. The government will provide Onam kits to 1.48 lakh Scheduled Tribe families in the state this year.

Families belonging to the Scheduled Tribes community will each be given an Onam kit valued at Rs.613, Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes P. K. Jayalakshmi, has said. Kits will be given to 1,36,456 ST families in the State. The government is allocating Rs.8.36 crore for the purpose. Each Onam kit will contain 15 kg of Jaya rice, 500 gm each of sugar, green gram, chillies, jaggery, and 500 ml coconut oil. The kits will be distributed through the regional offices of the ST Development department

This Onam, the district administration will distribute 3,000 free Onam kits to the needy, according to press note. The decision to this effect was taken at the conference of the called by Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Friday. The kits would include 5 kg of rice and would be distributed to selected people from the municipal area and the panchayats of Vijayapuram and Panachikkad. The Onam celebrations would commence with ‘Athachamayam’ rally on August 31.

 An amount of Rs 8.25 crore would be sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund to the Civil Supplies Corporation to issue kits. Directions were issued to the Director of Scheduled Tribes Development Department to meet the expenditure for transporting these kits.

Approval for two new Courses

 The government decided to sanction two courses – Diploma in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering – at Chelakkara Government Polytechnic this year. As many as 11 posts were also created for the purpose.

Innovation Council

The Cabinet on Wednesday constituted the State Innovation Council with former Chief Secretary Jose Cyriac as the chairman.