news Wednesday, March 04, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 1, 2015 | 10.30 AM IST The Union Budget has shattered the dreams of Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said. The IIT and AIIMS which was promised to the state did not materialize. The state government had even located places to set up the IIT and AIIMS that had been promised to be set up in Kerala, but these did not find a mention in the budget. The dreams of the state have been shattered, Manorama reported the Chief Minister as saying. He said that the government had even expressed its satisfaction after visiting the site earmarked for an IIT to be set up in Palakkad district. However, he welcomed the Union government’s decision for having provided financial support of Rs. 595 crore for Kochi Metro work, a fund for helping start-ups and upgradation of the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) to University of Disabilities Studies and Rehabilitation. At the same time, the Chief Minister made it clear that these fall far short of what the state deserves. He also expressed concern over the government’s not taking any steps to prevent the fall in prices of rubber and also to promote agricultural exports. He also said that the state had hoped that the Sabarimala Temple may be given national pilgrimage status, which again was not done in the budget. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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