Kerala: State Govt Asks Bankers Not To Attach Property In Flood-Hit Areas
Pinnarayi Vijayan government in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday told bankers not to attach property in the flood-hit areas of Kerala. The Kerala government has declared a moratorium (temporary prohibition of the property) till further notice.
This intervention was made by the government after the banks continued to attach properties in the flood-hit areas even after the moratorium in September 2018.
Additional chief secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta of irrigation department will hold additional responsibility as Chairman of Kerala Shipping Inland and Navigation Corporation Limited (KSINC). The cabinet meeting came to a conclusion to replace K Padmakumar with coastal Police ADGP P Sudesh Kumar in the post of Transport Commissioner.
Highlights of the meeting
The cabinet meeting also decided to inform about the project conceived for protecting the livelihood of street vendors of the state. The notification issued under Section 38 of Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act proposes to provide a separate area for the vendors to conduct their trade, reports The New Indian Express. The town vending machines will issue a certificate to the street vendors.
The state government has allocated Rs 9.4 crore to the ration shop owners. The owners had distributed 89,540 tonnes of rice, granted by the central government as part of flood relief through a public distribution system.
A sum of Rs 5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) is allocated to Nimisha Thampi’s family. Nimisha Thampi was killed by a migrant labourer while she tried to stop him from snatching her grandmother’s chain. The government has also allocated Rs. five lakh to the family of Mudhurilandi, a native of Tamil Nadu, who lost his life after getting electrocuted by an underground cable.
Kerala was reeling under a severe flood for one week with 79 official deaths recorded. The incessant rain capsized boats of two fishermen, flooded houses of many, leading to an indefinite powercut. Many other people were injured or missing as rescue operations were underway by the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and military team. There were around 35,000 people who have been evacuated and placed in 200 relief camps.