Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there has been a considerable increase in the expenditure of the state due to the occurrence of disasters.
The Chief Minister also alleged that the central government does not provide any assistance to the state during such crises. He was speaking at a press meet here on the occasion of the LDF government completing four years.
Kerala has faced many tragedies and the state's expenditures have increased. The expenses are expected to increase by 15 percent in comparison to the previous financial year. The Centre's help is essential in this situation, but no assistance has been offered. Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) was reorganised in order to raise funds outside the budget allocations, the Chief Minister added.
The infrastructure development worth Rs 50,000 crore was planned to complete using funds from sources other than budget allocations. KIIFB has already approved projects worth Rs 54,391 crore. Rs 2180 crore could be raised through Masala Bonds. About five times more development activities can be done with the help of KIIFB, the Chief Minister stated.
He made it clear that community kitchens were started during the COVID-19 times in order to stop people from starving. Aardram Mission was the most important factor that strengthened the COVID resistance activities. It helped improve the standard of government hospitals from primary health centres to medical colleges. Family Health Centres (FHCs), labs, pharmacy, OP, specialty treatment and other facilities have acquired world class standards, the Chief Minister claimed.