ALAPPUZHA: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday hailed the contributions of K.R. Gowriamma to Kerala society and said she had laid the foundation for agriculture and land reforms in the state.
Inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of Gowriamma here, he said that Gowriamma’s life is a link between Kerala’s modern history and the early communist movement.
“These kinds of personalities are very rare in history. Her life is a symbol of extreme courage, sacrifice and commitment. She is a link to the independence movement and contemporary politics,” Mr Vijayan said.
“The agriculture and land reforms that she initiated led to the state’s prosperity. She played a dominant role in the state cabinet for a long period and her commitment to the people was evident during her rule. She also played a crucial role in the emergence of communism in the state along with first generation communist leaders like P. Krishna Pillai, AKG and EMS,” he said.
“She proved that women have face and space in Kerala society. The communist movement gave her strength to fight and implement land reforms and other revolutionary decisions,” he said.
Assembly Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan, Lead-er of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Civil Supp-lies Minister P. Thilotha-man, A.M. Ariff MP, Saji Cheriyan MLA, Swami Guru Retnam Jananatha-paswi, Bishop Stephan Athipozhiyil and organising committee chairman Rajan Babu, among others attended the function.
KEYS HANDED OVER
Mr Pinarayi Vijayan later handed over the keys of nine houses constructed by Kerala Gazetted Officers Association for flood victims here.
He said that the government will solve the hardships of coastal folks by building houses for them. “Most of the people residing in coastal areas belong to fishermen families. So their life away from the coast is unviable,” he said.
The houses were built for nine beneficiaries selected from nine Assembly constituencies in the district....