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Thiruvananthapuram: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to set up a high-level committee to review the bar licences for three-star hotels.

Briefing to media, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy also said that it was also decided not to sanction any new bar licences until the committee submitted its recommendations.

The Cabinet has also decided to set up a special court in Kerala to ensure speedy trial of sexual exploitation cases.

"We have decided to sanction 18 new posts to set up a new additional and district court at Kochi. It will deal with only cases pertaining to the exploitation of women and children," Chandy told reporters.

"With the high court also taking up the issue, things will be now be speeded up," Chandy said.

The Chief Minister ruled out revoking the 'dies non' (no work, no pay) implemented during the recent state government employees strike but said no action would be taken against those who took part in the stir against the Participatory Pension Scheme.

Chandy, however, said appropriate action would be taken against those involved in criminal and other offences related to the strike.

Government will not adopt a vengeful stand against those who participated in the strike, he said.

On other decisions, he said taking a serious view of the drought situation and spurt in prices of essential commodities, a special cabinet meeting would be convened on January 23 to discuss price rise and drought situation.

Government decided to extend the moratorium on loans taken by farmers in Wayanad till March 31.

‘Snehapoorvam,’ project of Social welfare department which extends a monthly grant for students from the economically backward families, who don’t have parents, has been extended to college level too. College students would get a monthly grant of Rs 1000 under this project.

High School and Higher Secondary students are getting a monthly grant of Rs 500 and Rs 750 respectively.

The second phase of Asraya, pet project of UDF Government aimed at betterment of destitutes, will commence soon and it will cover the remaining 30 per cent of the 1000 panchayats.

Administrative sanction has been accorded to make the seaport airport road four lane and Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned for the first phase of the project, he said.

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