Achuthanandan meets PM, demands IIT for Kerala

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New Delhi, Mar 8 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and made a strong case for sanctioning an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to the state during the 11th Plan period.

During his meeting with Dr Singh, he underlined the need for taking immediate steps to start an IIT in the state with a high per centage of literacy.

Mr Achuthanandan told mediapersons that he had requested Dr Singh to visit Kerala in the month of May and lay the foundation stone for the proposed Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and the Space Research Institute.

Asked about the continuing violence in Kannur in north Kerala, the Chief Minister said a decision on convening an all-party meet to restore peace in the area would be taken after Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan held a round of discussion with those concerned.

He said he would also visit the troubled areas of Kannur where several people were killed in bloody clashes between the cadres of the RSS and the CPI(M) in the past few days.

Mr Achuthanandan said the government had taken all steps to ensure that the trouble in Kannur did not spread to other areas in the state.


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