Emerging Kerala: Govt to review project proposals
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With less than a week left for the much-hyped investors' meet, Emerging Kerala 2012, the Congress government has decided to review some of the project proposals amid mounting protest from within the party and the Opposition.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media that a panel headed by the chief secretary would screen the existing proposals and prepare a final list. "The meeting is only a platform for sharing ideas. No MoU would be signed at the meet as had happened in the global investors' meet of 2003. All proposals would be vetted by the Cabinet after the meet," he said.
Until a few days ago, Chandy had put a defiant face saying there was no going back. However, the confusion within the government and lack of transparency came to the fore when ministers and senior UDF leaders said neither the party nor the government was consulted before placing the project for investors.
The coordination committee of the UDF will have a meeting on Thursday to discuss the controversies erupted over Emerging Kerala, organised by the industries department that is with the Indian Union Muslim League. "Many Congress legislators are in the dark about Emerging Kerala. Had the government conducted a study session for its own legislators, the embarrassing situation could have been avoided," said the party's former state chief K Muraleedharan.
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