Thiruvananthapuram: The state cabinet on Thursday appointed a monitoring committee under chief secretary Paul Antony to handle the distribution of Ockhi relief fund. The secretaries of revenue, finance, fisheries, local administration and agriculture will be members of the committee.
Organ donation for prisoners: The cabinet decided to permit prisoners in state jails to donate their organs to close relatives, but with certain conditions.
The government has decided to make amendments in the Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services (Management) Act 2014 for the purpose, a statement from the chief minister’s office said.
The prisoners have to take sanction from the court concerned which convicted them, besides the medical board nod for any such organ donation.
“The period the prisoner is hospitalised post-donation will be considered as parole and the hospital expenses will be met by the jail department,” the release added. There will be ‘no relaxation in prison term’ following the organ donation.
Maritime board: The cabinet also decided to make advocate V.J. Mathew the chairman of Maritime Board, which was formed for the development and efficient functioning of small-scale harbours and related institutions in the state.
He is currently the advisor of Vizhinjam International Harbour Company and co-president of Indian Maritime Association. The cabinet also decided to appoint Prakah Iyer (Kochi), M.P. Shibu (Cherthala), M.K. Utthaman (Alappuzha), V. Manilal (Kollam) as representatives of government in the board.
PG seats: The PG Seats in Thiruvananthapuran Ayurveda College Shalya Tanthram department will be increased from three to eight.
Government pleader M.A. Aseef will be appointed as special government pleader, V.K. Shamshuddhin as senior government pleader and G. Ranjith as government pleader in the additional advocate-general office in the Kerala High court.
Arrears distribution: The arrears with retrospective effect from July 1, 2014 will be given to the staff of Road and Bridges Development Corporation.
New posts: Six posts, including that of one associate professor, will be created in Alappuzha Govt Medical College transfusion medicine immuno-haematology department. Nineteen posts will be created for the functioning of coastal police stations at Anchuthengu and Elathu.