Trivandrum: The Kerala Tourism Department has bagged the Kerala State Planning Board’s award for the Best Performance in the implementation of Annual Plan 2013-2104. Te award was distributed at a function held in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Tourism Department has secured the first rank under category (III) for timely monitoring and completion of its projects. Category (III) includes around 120 departments and implementing agencies, which have a budget allocation of Rs. 300 crores.
“The award is recognition for the efforts and hard work of the Department’s officials and we are extremely proud to receive this,” said Kerala Tourism Minister, Shri A P Anilkumar.
This is the inaugural award instituted by the State Planning Board for the most efficient department in fund utilisation. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, memento and citation.
Minister for Finance Law & Housing, Shri KM Mani presented the award to Kerala Tourism Director, P I Sheikh Pareeth in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy.
Kerala Tourism Secretary, G Kamala Vardhana Rao, noted that Kerala Tourism department has stood out for its good work in the past few years and this award is further proof of this.
“The cash will be utilized for the modernisation and strengthening of the Department,” said Kerala Tourism Director.
Minister for Rural Development, Planning, Norka & Culture, Shri K C Joseph; Minister for Industries, Information Technology & Urban Affairs, Shri P K Kunhalikutty; State Planning Board Vice Chairman and former Central Cabinet Secretary, K M Chandrasekhar were also present at the function.
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