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Samyukta Samiti Housing Board, an association of employees of the Kerala state housing board, has called on council authorities to consider, among other things, leveraging its land holdings to boost the financial health of the state. institution and explore the possibility of setting up fair price stores for building materials in the wake of rapidly rising material prices.

In a memorandum submitted to the chairman of the council, the employees said the council had assets worth around ₹8,000 crore which included nearly 125 acres of prime land holdings in various parts of the State. The assets are expected to be used to revive the activities of the council, which is a leading government agency in the housing sector.

Employees also called on the board authorities to obtain permission to set up fair-price stores for construction materials in each panchayat and to sanction the collection of sand from rivers and dams, its storage. and its distribution.

Employees said the government should allow the council to take a loan from agencies such as the Housing and Urban Development Corporation for the construction of housing and commercial complexes on prime land owned by the council. Or else the government should decide the functions of the council in the future, even though it has been kept out of big projects like Life Mission and rehabilitation.

Employees felt that a global tender should be launched to build a major commercial and residential complex at Marine Drive in Kochi. The project may bring significant gains for both the council and the state government, and any attempt to remove council ownership should be abandoned.

Employees also drew the council’s attention to pension arrears amounting to ₹52 crore for retired staff. There are pensioners who have not even been paid by the provident fund. The employees are of the opinion that the council should demand more than ₹243 crore owed by the government, to meet its immediate financial needs.