Terrorism hindering development and peace: Achutha warns

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today stressed the need for suppressing extremism in the state to ensure development and peaceful life, and asked the people to maintain strict vigil to isolate the anti-social elements while cooperating with the government's efforts in this regard.

In his Independence Day address at the Central Stadium here, he said extremist organisations were functioning directly and indirectly in the state also. It would be possible to ensure the development of the state and peaceful life in the state only by suppressing extremist activities.

Pointing out that harassment against women was increasing alarmingly in the state, the Chief Minister pointed out that even minor girls were being harassed sexually and added the mobile phone was being used as an instrument for blackmailing girls.

Mr Achuthanandan alleged that the Centre was scuttling the Public Distribution System(PDS) by slashing its ration quota to the state.

Claming that the state was poised for comprehensive development in all sectors, he said the Vallarpadam International Container Terminal would materialise soon as the land acquisition for the project was completed and the document would be handed over to the implementing authority tomorrow.

On the IT sector, he said a Cyber park would be established at Kozhikode on the lines of Techno park and Infropark for the development of IT in South Kerala.

Claiming that the state had the least number of landless people in the country because of effective land reforms, he said the government had taken up initiatives for providing land to landless people and houses to those who had no house. The land seized by the government through the Munnar action would be distributed to landless people, he added.

Indirectly criticising the Centre on the nuclear deal, he said the country had the capability to go ahead with its own resources, he said without considering the facts signing agreements would tantamount to surrendering our freedom to other countries. Earlier, after unfurling the tricolour marking the 62nd Independence Day celebrations, Mr Achuthanandan took the salute at an impressive parade by various organisations including police, NCC, scouts and children from nearby schools.

Later, the Chief Minister presented medals to police officials on the occasion.

In the wake of the e-mail threat to the Chief Minister, tight security arrangements were made for the Chief Minister.


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