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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct. 26

The Kerala Government will revise the PWD manual in accordance with the norms laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Replying to questions in the State Assembly on Thursday, the Minister for Public Works, Mr T.U. Kuruvila, said that the revised manual would have a new payment system. Besides, there would be provision for submitting tenders through registered post.

The Minister said that the PWD schedule would be revised on an annual basis. The functioning of the various departments would be coordinated so as to ensure the proper maintenance and upkeep of the roads in the State.

The Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, said that a new legislation would be framed to prevent misuse of Government vehicles.

If any specific instances of misuse were brought to the notice of the Government, strict action would be initiated, he said. The Labour Minister, Mr P.K. Gurudasan, told the House that a new law would be put in place to ensure the welfare of private hospital employees. This would include welfare schemes for these employees, which would be implemented in phases.

The Minister said that the previous government had exempted private hospital employees from the purview of Shops and Commercial Establishments Act. But, the present Government had decided to waive this exemption.

He also pointed out that there was no ban on trade union activities in private hospitals. A survey would be conducted to ascertain the number of employees in these hospitals, he added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 27, 2006)
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