Govt forced to take World Bank loan to rebuild flood-hit Kerala: Governor

Govt forced to take World Bank loan to rebuild flood-hit Kerala: Governor


The Kerala Government is all set to take loan from the World Bank for rebuilding the State devastated by the flood last August.

In his policy address to the budget session of the Assembly today, Governor P Sathasivam was highly critical of the Central Government for steps that stood in the way of the State's progress. He said rebuilding the State was a major challenge for the Government which was now seeking World Bank aid. The State Government and the Centre “failed to create a better understanding” with each other which put the former to great trouble. He pointed to Centre curtailing grants as also relief to the State which resulted into taking forward development achieved earlier.

When the Opposition began raising a din over flood relief, the Governor said his address had the answer to all that. The centre curtailed relief and aids to Kerala because of the state’s development. Hence, the state is now struggling to recapture the early achievements," said Governor. The governor noted that the state government is obliged to take action for renaissance, gender equality and social justice.

The governor started his customary policy address amidst Opposition din over flood relief. When the protest continued, he responded that his speech carried the answers to all the questions raised by the opposition. The Governor was all praise for the Government's efforts to prevent communal violence and the bid to uphold renaissance principles through the Woman Wall. On the Sabarimala issue, he said the Government was duty-bound to implement the Supreme Court verdict.

He said several development initiatives were undertaken by the government which included Kannur airport, Gail pipeline and Kollam bypass, opened recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Assembly session will be on till February 7 and Finance Minister Thomas Isaac will present the vote-on-account on January 31.