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No IIT or AIIMS, budget has dashed Kerala’s hopes: Chandy



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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday said the union budget has dashed his state’s hopes as they had already identified land for an IIT and AIIMS but when the time came it was left out.

“This has dashed our hopes. Even though there is mention that the present state government-run National Institute of Speech and Hearing has been upgraded to a University, assistance for Kochi Metro and also for startups, what we got is just a miniscule of what we really deserved,” the chief minister said.

“There have been no sops to check the falling prices of rubber and spices. Besides the long standing demand of declaring Sabarimala as a national pilgrim centre has also not materialised,” said Chandy.

Leader of opposition V.S.Achuthanandan said the budget pleases the corporates and has pushed the common man into deeper trouble.

“The common man has been taxed to please the corporates and this, in turn, will lead to price rise. The huge majority in Kerala has been struck a shocking blow in the budget.

“The rubber farmers appear to have been thrown from the frying pan into the fire, as there’s nothing for them. Kerala has been taken for a ride by the centre,” Achuthanandan said.

But Startup Village, the country’s first PPP model technology business incubator, hailed the proposals in the budget to set aside Rs.1,000 crore for setting up a Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) programme, saying it would give a fillip to incubation of startups, especially in the technology sector.

Startup Village chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar said financial allocations for SETU and Rs.150 crore for the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) would increase budgetary flow to incubators and seed funds for startups.

Atal Innovation Mission aims to create world class innovation labs, thereby accelerating job creation in the software sector.

“These announcements are significant as availability of funds has been a major stumbling block for early stage startups. It will have a positive impact on fostering a culture of entrepreneurship,” he said.


Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers



The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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