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Decision on Cabinet reshuffle after high command’s nod: Chandy

Decision on Cabinet reshuffle after high command’s nod: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: A decision on Cabinet reshuffle will be taken only after getting the permission of the high command, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy told reporters here on Wednesday.

"The only decision last night between us was to apprise the high command of the details of the talk. It is for the high command to take a final call. The matter has also to be discussed in UDF. I cannot do anything without the high command's nod and without discussing it in UDF," Chandy said.

Briefing reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Chandy announced a slew of health initiatives for tribal areas in Palakkad district, where 28 infants died this year.

"Seventy-five new posts have been created at three hospitals in the area. Doctors there will be given Rs.20,000 each month over their monthly salary. Other staffers will get a 20 percent hike on their basic pay per month. Rs.25 lakh has been sanctioned for buying medical equipment. A 24x7 blood bank and a de-addiction centre will also be opened," Chandy said.

"A nutrition institute will also function at the Agali public health centre besides a 24x7 casualty and major speciality departments. Central ministers K.V. Thomas and Jairam Ramesh are joining me in visiting the tribal areas in Palakkad on June 6," he said.

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