In a first, women to drive Kerala govt vehicles
Thiruvananthapuram: Gone are the days when the post of a driver in Kerala state government departments and state owned public sector undertakings could be filled only by a male.
The state cabinet, on Wednesday, decided to open this post for women also. After the weekly cabinet meeting held here, the office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan intimated that it's no longer a male domain.
"Directions have been given to see that new laws are framed to make drivers' posts in Kerala government and state PSUs gender neutral. This has been done based on the government's policy of following gender neutrality in all sectors," said the statement.
Incidentally, in Kerala women do drive private buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and ambulances but this is the first time women will be appointed to drive government vehicles.
Other cabinet decisions include:
Community shelters in Kuttanad
The government will construct community shelters that can resist floods at 12 panchayats in Kuttanad using funds from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). The project will be implemented through Kerala State Financial Enterprise (KSFE).
Following the devastating floods of 2018, KSFE had donated Rs 35.99 crore to the CMDRF. The KSFE and its employees had showed interest in building community shelters in Kuttanad. The cabinet approved return Rs 35.99 crore to KSFE to build the shelters.
KSFE will build the community shelters as per the cooperative department’s care home project. The panchayats will be allowed to use one acre of land with road facility to construct community shelters.
Directives for public sector bonus
Cabinet approved directives for providing bonus for public sector employees in the state for the financial year of 2018-19. The bonus amount will be not less than that of last year. Minimum bonus will be 8.33 per cent.
Land to be acquired for Wayanad medical college
The government will acquire 50 acres of land in Chelad estate in Wayanad district will be acquired according to certain conditions to construct a medical college in the district.
Power loom workers under welfare act
Cabinet decided to amend law to bring power loom workers under the Kerala Kerala Handloom Workers Welfare Fund act. Cabinet approved a bill draft bill in this regard.
Govt job for national games medallists
Cabinet decided to offer jobs to 83 sports persons who bagged gold, silver and bronze medals for Kerala in the 35th national games. They will be offered jobs through public administration department by creating super numerary posts different departments. Till now, only those securing gold in national games were offered a government job.
Model residential school in Kannur
Cabinet decided to create eight new posts to establish a model residential school under the scheduled caste development board at Peringome in Kannur district.
10th pay commission benefits
Benefits as stipulated by the 10th pay commission to employees of Kerala Institute of Labour and Employment (KILE) and those working in government approved posts in the Kerala Government Tailoring Workers Welfare Board.
(With inputs from IANS)