KN Balagopal | Photo: CR Gireesh Kumar
Thiruvananthapuram: The government’s decision to set aside the MLA fund for the programmes to combat Covid 19 has been withdrawn. Finance Minister KN Balagopal informed that the MLA fund worth Rs 5 crore will be restored from the next financial year. He made the announcement while replying to the budget discussion.
Budget allocation for technological aids to strengthen the police department has been increased. Rs 10 crore will be rolled out to install CCTV cameras in all the police stations. The drone research and forensic science department of the Kerala police will also be strengthened. Rs 2 crore has been allotted solely for this and an additional Rs 4 crore will be granted for the primary expenses of the police data centre.
Loans with lower interest rates will be made available for the merchants, industrialists and bus owners in the state. At least Rs 1,000 crore will be dispensed to the above-mentioned category, said the minister.