UDF promises 2 million jobs, Rs one lakh cr investment
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 31 (UNI) The ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala today promised two million jobs, investments worth Rs one lakh crore, a host of infrastructure projects and steps to boost agriculture and traditional sectors in the next five years, if voted back to power.
Releasing the UDF manifesto, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the achievements of the present government during the past five years would be the major poll plank of the ruling combine.
''The growth rate has reached an all-time record of 9.2 per cent and it is expected to touch the double digit mark,'' he added.
He said the present government had already created a conducive atmosphere for infrastructure boom in the state and investment to the tune of Rs one lakh crore was expected in the next five years.
The UDF would go ahead with the projects like Vizhinjam International container terminal, Smart City project of the Dubai Internet City, Vallarpadam internal container terminal, LNG project, expansion of Kayamkulam thermal power station and Cochin Refinary, Gas pipeline project, Kochi Metro, Technocity and many more. A four-lane road with international standard would be laid between Manjeswaram in the north to Vizhinjam in the south, besides taking up hill highway and other road projects.
Mr Chandy said the UDF would take steps to implement the proposed Air Kerala, a state-sponsored budget airliner between Kerala and Gulf destinations. Besides, it would also explore a shipping service to help tens of thousands of low-income group Malayalis settled in Gulf countries.
He said the UDF would also carry out the schemes already announced as per the Vision 2010, which would be implemented with active participation of private sector. Priority would also be accorded for infrastructure development in the coastal and hilly regions.
Stating a special department would be created for the traditional sector, he said eco-friendly products from traditional industries would be promoted in a big way. In the educational sector, steps would be taken to improve the quality.
Mr Chandy said title deed would be given to all the eligible people during the next five years.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, who was present at the press conference, said the UDF meeting today approved the electoral understanding with the Democratic Indira Congress (K) of veteran leader K Karunakaran. The Congress leaders would also share platform with the DIC(K) leaders in the election campaign. But there was no demand from the DIC(K) for becoming a constituent of the UDF, he added.
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