THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The wait is over for the Kerala Congress (P.C. Thomas) faction and its lone legislator V. Surendran Pillai. The State committee of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala has given the nod for his induction into the V.S. Achuthanandan Cabinet.
Forest Minister Benoy Viswom briefed the LDF panel about the proposal for notifying around 17,922 acres of government land in Idukki district as reserve forest in the light of resistance to the proposal from locals and farmers. According to Front sources, the Minister clarified that the proposed notification would not cause large-scale dislocation as was being made out. He also offered to personally clarify matters to the local LDF leadership. The panel, therefore, decided to defer the decision on the issue to its next meeting on August 12.