Thomas Isaac

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Thomas Isaac said : “Amit Shah’s ‘teaching a lesson in 2002’ speech is admission of his guilt in horrendous Gujarat genocide and a grave infringement of Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct,” External link

independent-UK Tuesday, November 29, 2022 5:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The differences of opinion are due to the political differences among leaders. However, the media have the freedom to report this. No one can stop this freedom one fine morning,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "India is being ruled by a party that does not believe in diversity of the country. How else could it insist on knowledge of Hindi as a precondition for central government employment by insisting that the recruitment tests would be only in Hindi?" External link

business-standard Monday, October 10, 2022 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The needs and problems of the elderly are quite different from others. The services and facilities in the city need to be designed accordingly,” External link

thehindu Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:50:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The needs and problems of the elderly are quite different from others. The services and facilities in the city need to be designed accordingly,” External link

Hindu Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:06:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : ''Even after all this, if they cannot state the nature of the offence and still wants me to appear before it, then it constitutes an encroachment upon my rights as a citizen,'' External link

thehindu Thursday, August 11, 2022 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "ED served me 2nd summons under FEMA for personal appearance. The roving enquiry going on against KIIFB for the last 2 years is against the spirit of orders of the SC. I have asked them to recall the summons or clarify the offence against me or KIIFB" External link

business-standard Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac claimed : "summons are ex-facie illegal and beyond the jurisdiction of the scope of inquiry contemplated under the FEMA since admittedly there is no violation of any provision of the said Act" External link

business-standard Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : ''Even after all this, if they cannot state the nature of the offence and still wants me to appear before it, then it constitutes an encroachment upon my rights as a citizen,'' External link

Hindu Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:18:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "This is the second notice that I have got from the ED asking me to appear. While the first one came last month asking me to appear with all the books of accounts, this time, perhaps they would have realised their folly and have not asked that," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : "However, this time they have asked me to appear with my details of accounts and assets of the past 10 years and it includes the companies, where I was director. The Reserve Bank of India is the regulatory body for FEMA and has never said that there was anything wrong. What's happening now is a clear case of harassment , and with regards to my assets, it's easy to prepare as I have nothing," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They think I will be scared by such actions. Others might have been in their (ED) experience,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:13:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac written : “Then what happened? KIIFB is the primary agency of the state government for financing large and critical infrastructure projects and had last year raised Rs 2,150 crore through its debut masala bond issue as part of its plan to mobilise Rs 50,000 crore to fund large and critical infrastructure projects in the southern state,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:13:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It's a move to scuttle unparalleled infrastructure investment in Kerala. Say if these projects are implemented with advanced hospitals, modern industrial parks, all transmission lines of 440 KV, internet in every household etc. This is a kind of dramatic transformation that will take place in the state and somebody wants to scuttle it. I can't go for the summons. I am too committed," External link

irishsun Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Can’t appear like they say, a day after receiving the notice. After discussion in the party, the ED will be informed when I can appear before them,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, July 19, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Can’t appear like they say, a day after receiving the notice. After discussion in the party, the ED will be informed when I can appear before them,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, July 19, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Even if they serve me the notice to appear before them on Tuesday, I will not appear before them as I have more important things to do," External link

Hindu Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asserted : "They can arrest me if they want. I will not be appearing before them," External link

Hindu Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : "For a while these Sangh Parivar forces have been demanding compulsory military training for the youth. And once completing four years, 75 per cent will be discharged and this is what they want as such trained youths will then become part of their `force`. The quality of the armed forces will be seriously affected also. Besides this is another ploy to reduce the number of government employees," External link

dnaindia Friday, June 17, 2022 2:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Let the central government roll back all the additional taxes, which they levied. The Centre has increased the taxes for diesel by nine times and petrol by 300 times. From that, they have given a concession of about 30-40 per cent now. Let them roll back the rest and then the prices will come back to the earlier one. Let them do it first and then we will think about any further decision on our part,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “In fact, the first Pinarayi government has reduced fuel prices by one per cent,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Now that the Assembly elections to five states are round the corner, they want to put the onus on state governments,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “Kerala follows a policy of exhausting its allotted funds and permissible borrowings. It seems that some states have the resources since they don’t spend their funds,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “We must fix a rate which is revenue neutral so that the taxes are not affected and the income is not affected,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Investment in capital is hardly 1% of the GSDP which is too low when considering the future of Kerala. This is a major concern and the government is committed to enhance it through off-budget funding,” External link

thehindu Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Investment in capital is hardly 1% of the GSDP which is too low when considering the future of Kerala. This is a major concern and the government is committed to enhance it through off-budget funding,” External link

Hindu Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Chief Minister ) : “Money is not a problem for purchasing the vaccine directly from the manufacturers. We are waiting for the outcome of the negotiations a committee led by the Chief Secretary and secretaries of Finance and Health is having with the manufacturers on various aspects. A decision will be taken after completing the formalities,” External link

thehindu Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Chief Minister ) : “Money is not a problem for purchasing the vaccine directly from the manufacturers. We are waiting for the outcome of the negotiations a committee led by the Chief Secretary and secretaries of Finance and Health is having with the manufacturers on various aspects. A decision will be taken after completing the formalities,” External link

Hindu Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Centre must convene the meeting and seriously consider increasing and extending the compensation period to beyond July 2022,” External link

business-standard Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : "The lives of people like Ranjith, who refuse to get discouraged due to various crisis and use education as a weapon to overcome social and economic backwardness, are an inspiration to all (sic)," External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Twenty-five years of experience has made clear our strengths and weaknesses. We have to identify our weaknesses and find out solutions. People as well as experts have to come together in order to take the torch and march ahead,” External link

Hindu Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We should abandon corruption. Decentralisation of power is not at all decentralisation of corruption,” External link

Hindu Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Let the United Democratic Front raise the Sabarimala issue. Development is the key poll issue. The LDF is poised to retain power," External link

Hindu Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Let the United Democratic Front raise the Sabarimala issue. Development is the key poll issue. The LDF is poised to retain power," External link

Hindu Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:21:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Let them say what exactly they are looking for. KIIFB has a mechanism according to which income tax on funds paid to contractors are not directly paid by it. Instead, the tax on funds are credited in the account of special purpose vehicles such as road fund board or Inkel, while the funds due to the contractors are credited directly in the accounts of contractors. KIIFB has given Rs 73 crore as income tax component to SPVs and they have already paid the same to I-T, without fail. All these have been clarified to I-T and if they are still doubtful of its authenticity, they should go to SPVs and cross check. They need not to come to KIIFB for such things,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This is sheer villainy on the part of I-T officials. Whom did these junior officials question? It was none other than (KIIFB CEO) K M Abraham. If the income tax commissioner Manjit Singh doesn’t know who Abraham is, he should go and study the Sahara case. Despite efforts by persons as mighty as former Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, nobody could touch Abraham for his stand in the Sahara case,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They come to the office after informing the media, but say it’s not a raid, not a search. Then what is their intention? Their aim is to defame KIIFB,” External link

thehindu Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:19:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They come to the office after informing the media, but say it’s not a raid, not a search. Then what is their intention? Their aim is to defame KIIFB,” External link

Hindu Friday, March 26, 2021 11:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “We want to make Kerala the Yenan of India,” External link

Hindu Saturday, March 13, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac maintained ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The results are for everyone to see, at our hospitals (if just about 38% of people relied on government hospitals earlier, it rose to 48% in the pre-COVID time), schools and the like. Would these experts endorse the model if it was a ponzi scheme? It carries out elaborate asset-liability plotting before approving any project. The Opposition’s reasons to flay KIIFB are all political. But the Centre has unleashed its agencies after KIIFB. But we aren’t going to buckle. Let the Enforcement Directorate (ED) call anyone of us [political leaders] for questioning; we aren’t going to go until the elections are over. They are free to arrest us, if that’s what they want,” “People have been appreciative of the work done by us. So, when someone like M.N. Karassery warns people of the dangers of us returning to power, we say we have discussed this and are well aware of the dangers. But we have a clear roadmap and that is why we are confidently moving forward” External link

Hindu Saturday, March 13, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Masala bonds are governed by guidelines of the RBI. And KIIFB as a body corporate had applied through proper channels for the permission from the RBI to arrange for the loan and an NOC was given,” “The central government’s permission is needed only if the state government is borrowing,” External link

expressindia Friday, March 5, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Basically these people have no idea about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC (non-banking financial companies). We have taken all necessary permissions,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "There is absolutely no violation of FEMA as we have received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Reserve Bank of India (RBI)," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They can seek explanations or ask questions, but if they are bent on using threats, they should be aware that Kerala is not ruled by the Congress leaders of north India. The Kerala government is quite capable of protecting its officers from harassment and threats. There is a police force here for maintaining law and order,” External link

thehindu Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This officer had conducted several raids for BJP. He did play several games to unsettle the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress leaders in Kerala should all know this,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The questions that ED had asked the chartered accountant of M Sivasankar (chief minister’s former principal secretary) show how poor is ED officials’ understanding about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC. The KIIFB officials were summoned to the ED office twice earlier and now the KIIFB CEO and deputy CEO have been asked to report at the ED office on March 4. The BJP government is misusing ED to settle political scores against the state government. The political bosses sitting in New Delhi should understand that it’s not the docile Congress leaders they are fighting against,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They can seek explanations or ask questions, but if they are bent on using threats, they should be aware that Kerala is not ruled by the Congress leaders of north India. The Kerala government is quite capable of protecting its officers from harassment and threats. There is a police force here for maintaining law and order,” External link

Hindu Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This officer had conducted several raids for BJP. He did play several games to unsettle the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress leaders in Kerala should all know this,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The questions that ED had asked the chartered accountant of M Sivasankar (chief minister’s former principal secretary) show how poor is ED officials’ understanding about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC. The KIIFB officials were summoned to the ED office twice earlier and now the KIIFB CEO and deputy CEO have been asked to report at the ED office on March 4. The BJP government is misusing ED to settle political scores against the state government. The political bosses sitting in New Delhi should understand that it’s not the docile Congress leaders they are fighting against,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac alleged ( about Chief Minister ) : "The ED's move is a violation of rules during the time of polls. Union Finance Minister herself is leading the blatant violation of the code of conduct," External link

economictimes Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote ( about Nirmala Sitharaman ) : "Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman should have realized that the dignity of the position she holds is being eroded when she automatically reads (without understanding) what someone has written. She was talking nonsense about KIIFB and the state budget. Not only did she not do her homework at all, but her remarks proved that she had no idea what was being said. The Union Minister should not regret for which I am saying openly that Shame on You," External link

business-standard Monday, March 1, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “Once the court announces its verdict, we will discuss it with the people. The Congress has picked up the issue as it has nothing else to do or talk about,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 7, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “UDF also made such appointments during its tenure,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 7, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Congress is engaged in efforts to bring the issue back into public domain since the party has nothing else to do. The people have rejected the UDF in the local body polls and they are trying to recover lost ground by raising the issue. Ours is a country where the rule of law reigns. The war of words between the UDF and the LDF on the issue will not have any bearing on the Supreme Court verdict,” External link

newindianexpress Sunday, February 7, 2021 4:37:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala can look forward by ensuring substantial increase in capital expenditure within the shortest period and the State government is earnestly putting its effort towards this end,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala can look forward by ensuring substantial increase in capital expenditure within the shortest period and the State government is earnestly putting its effort towards this end,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, February 2, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Kochi Metro ) : “Budget has allotted Rs 1,957 cr to Kochi Metro . Actually, Centre will give only its share of Rs 358 crore from the Budget. Kerala government should also provide Rs 358 cr. The balance amount will be the loan taken by Metro. Don’t cheat people with false statements,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, February 2, 2021 11:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “The amount set aside for agriculture and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is low compared to the allocation in the previous year’s budget. As per the budget, allocation for agri sector has decreased to 1.48 lakh crore from 1.54 lakh crore. Allocation for MGNREGS dipped to 0.73 lakh crore from 1.11 crore,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, February 2, 2021 11:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Kochi Metro ) : “The development of National Highways was announced earlier, and the amount will be taken as a loan by the National Highways Authority of India. Of the ₹1,957 crore allotted for the Phase II of the Kochi Metro, Centre will provide only its share of ₹338 crore. The State should provide an equal amount and rest will have to be taken as loan,” External link

thehindu Monday, February 1, 2021 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Economy Survey has stated that India's GDP is expected to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2021-22. But, this Budget ensures that it is not going to happen. The 11.5 per cent GDP growth is total nonsense,” External link

thehindu Monday, February 1, 2021 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Kochi Metro ) : “The development of National Highways was announced earlier, and the amount will be taken as a loan by the National Highways Authority of India. Of the ₹1,957 crore allotted for the Phase II of the Kochi Metro, Centre will provide only its share of ₹338 crore. The State should provide an equal amount and rest will have to be taken as loan,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 1, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Economy Survey has stated that India's GDP is expected to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2021-22. But, this Budget ensures that it is not going to happen. The 11.5 per cent GDP growth is total nonsense,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 1, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s expected that pay revision report will be available before Jan 31. Government will issue orders in advance so that model code of conduct won’t be a hindrance,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “KIIFB being a body corporate, its fund mobilization will not reflect in the government’s fiscal deficit. Moreover, it is control leverage or growing annuity model. It has developed an asset liability management software, which will regulate the volume of resource mobilisation in tune with its repaying capacity. It can never become a liability on Kerala,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The CAG had said that all loans sourced by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) were unconstitutional. The Opposition said they shared the same views. The Left Democratic Front will make it a poll plank in the elections,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We passed the laws jointly. You are parting ways as elections are approaching as you fear that we will get an upper hand,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The CAG had said that all loans sourced by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) were unconstitutional. The Opposition said they shared the same views. The Left Democratic Front will make it a poll plank in the elections,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We passed the laws jointly. You are parting ways as elections are approaching as you fear that we will get an upper hand,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “The CAG report is a challenge to the Legislative Assembly. We will move against it politically as it is the hidden agenda of the BJP to sabotage Constitutional bodies in the country,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Eight lakh employment opportunities will be created in 2021-22,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kochi stands to gain from the building of infrastructure, as the city is central to Kerala’s development. Kochi is Kerala’s only metropolis, and that is an important point,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 18, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Other state lotteries will not be allowed to plunder through middlemen," "The provision of Kerala State GST Rules will be stringently implemented. Despite being limited, the government will use its power and rights in all sense. Kerala’s opinion is that the central government should amend the Central Lottery Regulation Rules by giving powers to the state government for regulating other state lotteries. This has been conveyed to the Centre and will be demanded again" External link

timesofindia Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “The LDF is coming back to power. The budget is aimed for our reelection,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Other state lotteries will not be allowed to plunder through middlemen," "The provision of Kerala State GST Rules will be stringently implemented. Despite being limited, the government will use its power and rights in all sense. Kerala’s opinion is that the central government should amend the Central Lottery Regulation Rules by giving powers to the state government for regulating other state lotteries. This has been conveyed to the Centre and will be demanded again" External link

timesofindia Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is not an election manifesto. But it clearly lays the path to the future. The Budget was politically discussed and finalised,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The intention of the government is not to raise the profit from lotteries, but to preserve the livelihoods of over a lakh of lottery sellers by restricting the lottery mafia at any cost,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Digital capabilities should be made available to everyone. The digital divide should be eliminated. Innovations should be interwoven into all avenues, leveraging the rich experiences of people from all sectors, including agriculture. In such a society, knowledge will be recreated perpetually," External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The production in the coir industry has increased to 30,000 tonnes from 7,000 tonnes in 2015-16. This will rise to 50,000 tonnes in 2021-22. At least 10,000 additional jobs will be generated. Coir workers in the State are getting ₹300 a day with the assistance of Income Support Scheme and the same will be increased to an average of ₹500 without any subsidy,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The deferred effect of Ockhi and the floods can be observed in the slow grow rate Kerala registered in 2019-20. The country and the state were sliding into an economic recession well before the pandemic hit the Indian economy as a result of demonetisation and other things,” External link

timesofindia Friday, January 15, 2021 5:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Those targeting to sabotage the state’s development have been eyeing to destroy KIIFB. The opposition had demanded a comprehensive audit of funds used by the KIIFB. This was done to create a controversy. The opposition was well aware that KIIFB itself has an audit mechanism of its own. The assembly itself had framed the law for KIIFB,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A constitutional body like CAG should not have indulged in such practices. It was in fact intruding into the federal powers of the state,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Those targeting to sabotage the state’s development have been eyeing to destroy KIIFB. The opposition had demanded a comprehensive audit of funds used by the KIIFB. This was done to create a controversy. The opposition was well aware that KIIFB itself has an audit mechanism of its own. The assembly itself had framed the law for KIIFB,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A constitutional body like CAG should not have indulged in such practices. It was in fact intruding into the federal powers of the state,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “It will not be an election Budget. But, it will be a full Budget that will set an agenda for five years. It will unveil innovative programmes for a new Kerala,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The report will spell out how this can be done. It will be a slow process but not drastic,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “COVID-19 that has snatched many lives and hit all sectors of the economy has also created a new situation. A new job market has emerged and the brand name of Kerala has increased. We are going to take leverage on these and it will be spelled out in the Budget,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It will be a role model and address the world economic issues,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “COVID-19 that has snatched many lives and hit all sectors of the economy has also created a new situation. A new job market has emerged and the brand name of Kerala has increased. We are going to take leverage on these and it will be spelled out in the Budget,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It will be a role model and address the world economic issues,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “I will go by what the Speaker decides and accept it. There will be no protest,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 30, 2020 11:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “I will go by what the Speaker decides and accept it. There will be no protest,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 30, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The tone of most reports suggests that EB has cornered KIIFB. However, ED has not yet approached KIIFB. It’s said that ED has written to Reserve Bank [on the masala bond]. What are the questions they might have asked? All those questions were published by Times of India a few days ago,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Definitely KIIFB is going to be a hot topic. We will ask the voters if they want the projects taken up by KIIFB in their wards to be carried out. If yes, then vote for us,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Anil Sethi ) : “We have already started the renovation of Anil Seth’s house. It will be the headquarters of Gujarati heritage region. Other major components of the project include a history museum, spice museum, and restoration of the temple complex,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 23, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The CAG report is not outyet. The (assembly) Speaker had sought an explanation after the details of the CAG report came out in public domain before it was tabled. Further actions on CAG report can only be taken by the Public Accounts Committee and not the ED office in Kochi," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The House can be convened in January and we cannot wait in view of the unusual situation that has come up. It is not like the Enforcement Directorate looking into a project. The intention of the CAG has to be exposed. Whoever rules, it has to be taken forward and one KIIFB-funded project will get commissioned daily from next year,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The House can be convened in January and we cannot wait in view of the unusual situation that has come up. It is not like the Enforcement Directorate looking into a project. The intention of the CAG has to be exposed. Whoever rules, it has to be taken forward and one KIIFB-funded project will get commissioned daily from next year,” External link

Hindu Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Ram Madhav ) : “It is RSS leader Ram Madhav, who gave the green signal for the case against KIIFB. After a meeting held at Rama Nilayam in Thrissur with Ram Madhav, a Swadeshi Jagaran Manch leader moved a case against KIIFB in the Kerala high court. KPCC general secretary Mathew Kuzhalnadan has acted as the axe of RSS conspiracy for destroying KIIFB and Kerala’s development,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It was the RSS leader Ram Madhav , who gave the green signal to Swadeshi Jagran Manch leader to move against KIIFB in the High Court. Congress leader Mathew Kuzhalnadan has taken the case to derail the development of Kerala through KIIFB," External link

timesofindia Monday, November 16, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He stated that the KIIFB is enmeshed in corruption but would not reveal more details due to professional ethics. The KPCC secretary should reveal the details of corruption in the KIIFB. The Congress should think if it needed such a person as a KPCC secretary,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 16, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He stated that the KIIFB is enmeshed in corruption but would not reveal more details due to professional ethics. The KPCC secretary should reveal the details of corruption in the KIIFB. The Congress should think if it needed such a person as a KPCC secretary,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 16, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The reply is being prepared by the finance department and it is in the final shape. The reply would be given to the CAG through the chief secretary,” External link

timesofindia Monday, November 16, 2020 5:38:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "It is nothing but absurdity that is featured in the (CAG) report," External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It's unprecedented act of the CAG and it appears it's out to spoil the development of Kerala. It's true it's a constitutional body, but they have to realise that and hence we will not take things lying down," External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “There is a famous phrase ‘the auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound’. However, the CAG has forgotten the basic tenets of auditing as it has embarked on a hunting mission on behalf of its political bosses… Those who have made CBI a caged parrot have now made CAG an unchained bloodhound” External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 15, 2020 4:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "They (CAG) claim that the KIIFB loans are unconstitutional. Since 1999, CAG had audited KIIFB nine times and prepared the audit report. This allegation was not raised anytime before this. The Indian Constitution is not a book which can be interpreted by any person, appointed as CAG, according to his political leanings," External link

news18 Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, informed that the Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft T 81 has been allotted to the Alappuzha port museum. The ship is in Mumbai. It will be handed over to the Southern Naval Command soon. From Kochi, we will have to bring it to Alappuzha and installed on the seashore in front of the museum. The Navy has offered full support,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “There are a whole lot of areas which are waiting for some innovative interventions, especially in the high range belts, which are prone to larger and diverse vulnerabilities. GIF is an ambitious experimentation to leverage technology to bridge gaps which may be arduous through our traditional way of working” External link

Hindu Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Commission ) : “A majority of states have told the Finance Commission that they want their share increased to 50%,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:47:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Since certain employee organisations are not ready to accept the salary deferment proposal, we are not going ahead with the same. As per the ordinance on salary deferment, government is supposed to specify when the differed portion of salary would be given back to employees. As per the cabinet decision, the portion of salary deferred from April 2020 to August would be merged in PF on April 1, 2021,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The money merged in PF may be withdrawn after June 1, 2021. Pensioners and others having no PF account would be given back their money in equal instalments from June 1, 2021,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Indian Navy has promised to provide a ship. We hope the ship will reach Kochi by next month. From there, it will be brought to Alappuzha. The last time a ship came to Alappuzha port was in 1989,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Indian Navy has promised to provide a ship. We hope the ship will reach Kochi by next month. From there, it will be brought to Alappuzha. The last time a ship came to Alappuzha port was in 1989,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Having amicably settled the question of who should borrow, we hope Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address the question of how much to borrow through dialogue with State Finance Ministers,” External link

Hindu Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asks : “Since under the new arrangement, the additional borrowing will not affect the fiscal deficit of the Centre, why is the Centre not ready to borrow ₹1.7 lakh crore instead of the present offer of ₹1.1 lakh crore,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 16, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have only welcomed, but not accepted it,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 16, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have no problem in going with Congress-ruled States jointly to the Supreme Court. We are preparing and we will ensure that all of us move on the same ground,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT



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Thomas Isaac said : “Amit Shah’s ‘teaching a lesson in 2002’ speech is admission of his guilt in horrendous Gujarat genocide and a grave infringement of Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct,” External link

independent-UK Tuesday, November 29, 2022 5:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The differences of opinion are due to the political differences among leaders. However, the media have the freedom to report this. No one can stop this freedom one fine morning,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "India is being ruled by a party that does not believe in diversity of the country. How else could it insist on knowledge of Hindi as a precondition for central government employment by insisting that the recruitment tests would be only in Hindi?" External link

business-standard Monday, October 10, 2022 12:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The needs and problems of the elderly are quite different from others. The services and facilities in the city need to be designed accordingly,” External link

thehindu Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:50:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The needs and problems of the elderly are quite different from others. The services and facilities in the city need to be designed accordingly,” External link

Hindu Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:06:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : ''Even after all this, if they cannot state the nature of the offence and still wants me to appear before it, then it constitutes an encroachment upon my rights as a citizen,'' External link

thehindu Thursday, August 11, 2022 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "ED served me 2nd summons under FEMA for personal appearance. The roving enquiry going on against KIIFB for the last 2 years is against the spirit of orders of the SC. I have asked them to recall the summons or clarify the offence against me or KIIFB" External link

business-standard Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac claimed : "summons are ex-facie illegal and beyond the jurisdiction of the scope of inquiry contemplated under the FEMA since admittedly there is no violation of any provision of the said Act" External link

business-standard Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : ''Even after all this, if they cannot state the nature of the offence and still wants me to appear before it, then it constitutes an encroachment upon my rights as a citizen,'' External link

Hindu Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:18:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "This is the second notice that I have got from the ED asking me to appear. While the first one came last month asking me to appear with all the books of accounts, this time, perhaps they would have realised their folly and have not asked that," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : "However, this time they have asked me to appear with my details of accounts and assets of the past 10 years and it includes the companies, where I was director. The Reserve Bank of India is the regulatory body for FEMA and has never said that there was anything wrong. What's happening now is a clear case of harassment , and with regards to my assets, it's easy to prepare as I have nothing," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They think I will be scared by such actions. Others might have been in their (ED) experience,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:13:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac written : “Then what happened? KIIFB is the primary agency of the state government for financing large and critical infrastructure projects and had last year raised Rs 2,150 crore through its debut masala bond issue as part of its plan to mobilise Rs 50,000 crore to fund large and critical infrastructure projects in the southern state,” External link

news18 Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:13:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It's a move to scuttle unparalleled infrastructure investment in Kerala. Say if these projects are implemented with advanced hospitals, modern industrial parks, all transmission lines of 440 KV, internet in every household etc. This is a kind of dramatic transformation that will take place in the state and somebody wants to scuttle it. I can't go for the summons. I am too committed," External link

irishsun Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Can’t appear like they say, a day after receiving the notice. After discussion in the party, the ED will be informed when I can appear before them,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, July 19, 2022 7:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Can’t appear like they say, a day after receiving the notice. After discussion in the party, the ED will be informed when I can appear before them,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, July 19, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Even if they serve me the notice to appear before them on Tuesday, I will not appear before them as I have more important things to do," External link

Hindu Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asserted : "They can arrest me if they want. I will not be appearing before them," External link

Hindu Sunday, July 17, 2022 9:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : "For a while these Sangh Parivar forces have been demanding compulsory military training for the youth. And once completing four years, 75 per cent will be discharged and this is what they want as such trained youths will then become part of their `force`. The quality of the armed forces will be seriously affected also. Besides this is another ploy to reduce the number of government employees," External link

dnaindia Friday, June 17, 2022 2:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Let the central government roll back all the additional taxes, which they levied. The Centre has increased the taxes for diesel by nine times and petrol by 300 times. From that, they have given a concession of about 30-40 per cent now. Let them roll back the rest and then the prices will come back to the earlier one. Let them do it first and then we will think about any further decision on our part,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “In fact, the first Pinarayi government has reduced fuel prices by one per cent,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Now that the Assembly elections to five states are round the corner, they want to put the onus on state governments,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “Kerala follows a policy of exhausting its allotted funds and permissible borrowings. It seems that some states have the resources since they don’t spend their funds,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “We must fix a rate which is revenue neutral so that the taxes are not affected and the income is not affected,” External link

outlookindia Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Investment in capital is hardly 1% of the GSDP which is too low when considering the future of Kerala. This is a major concern and the government is committed to enhance it through off-budget funding,” External link

thehindu Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Investment in capital is hardly 1% of the GSDP which is too low when considering the future of Kerala. This is a major concern and the government is committed to enhance it through off-budget funding,” External link

Hindu Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Chief Minister ) : “Money is not a problem for purchasing the vaccine directly from the manufacturers. We are waiting for the outcome of the negotiations a committee led by the Chief Secretary and secretaries of Finance and Health is having with the manufacturers on various aspects. A decision will be taken after completing the formalities,” External link

thehindu Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Chief Minister ) : “Money is not a problem for purchasing the vaccine directly from the manufacturers. We are waiting for the outcome of the negotiations a committee led by the Chief Secretary and secretaries of Finance and Health is having with the manufacturers on various aspects. A decision will be taken after completing the formalities,” External link

Hindu Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Centre must convene the meeting and seriously consider increasing and extending the compensation period to beyond July 2022,” External link

business-standard Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : "The lives of people like Ranjith, who refuse to get discouraged due to various crisis and use education as a weapon to overcome social and economic backwardness, are an inspiration to all (sic)," External link

news-yahoo-in Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Twenty-five years of experience has made clear our strengths and weaknesses. We have to identify our weaknesses and find out solutions. People as well as experts have to come together in order to take the torch and march ahead,” External link

Hindu Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We should abandon corruption. Decentralisation of power is not at all decentralisation of corruption,” External link

Hindu Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Let the United Democratic Front raise the Sabarimala issue. Development is the key poll issue. The LDF is poised to retain power," External link

Hindu Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Let the United Democratic Front raise the Sabarimala issue. Development is the key poll issue. The LDF is poised to retain power," External link

Hindu Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:21:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Let them say what exactly they are looking for. KIIFB has a mechanism according to which income tax on funds paid to contractors are not directly paid by it. Instead, the tax on funds are credited in the account of special purpose vehicles such as road fund board or Inkel, while the funds due to the contractors are credited directly in the accounts of contractors. KIIFB has given Rs 73 crore as income tax component to SPVs and they have already paid the same to I-T, without fail. All these have been clarified to I-T and if they are still doubtful of its authenticity, they should go to SPVs and cross check. They need not to come to KIIFB for such things,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This is sheer villainy on the part of I-T officials. Whom did these junior officials question? It was none other than (KIIFB CEO) K M Abraham. If the income tax commissioner Manjit Singh doesn’t know who Abraham is, he should go and study the Sahara case. Despite efforts by persons as mighty as former Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, nobody could touch Abraham for his stand in the Sahara case,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:25:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They come to the office after informing the media, but say it’s not a raid, not a search. Then what is their intention? Their aim is to defame KIIFB,” External link

thehindu Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:19:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They come to the office after informing the media, but say it’s not a raid, not a search. Then what is their intention? Their aim is to defame KIIFB,” External link

Hindu Friday, March 26, 2021 11:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “We want to make Kerala the Yenan of India,” External link

Hindu Saturday, March 13, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac maintained ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The results are for everyone to see, at our hospitals (if just about 38% of people relied on government hospitals earlier, it rose to 48% in the pre-COVID time), schools and the like. Would these experts endorse the model if it was a ponzi scheme? It carries out elaborate asset-liability plotting before approving any project. The Opposition’s reasons to flay KIIFB are all political. But the Centre has unleashed its agencies after KIIFB. But we aren’t going to buckle. Let the Enforcement Directorate (ED) call anyone of us [political leaders] for questioning; we aren’t going to go until the elections are over. They are free to arrest us, if that’s what they want,” “People have been appreciative of the work done by us. So, when someone like M.N. Karassery warns people of the dangers of us returning to power, we say we have discussed this and are well aware of the dangers. But we have a clear roadmap and that is why we are confidently moving forward” External link

Hindu Saturday, March 13, 2021 6:55:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Masala bonds are governed by guidelines of the RBI. And KIIFB as a body corporate had applied through proper channels for the permission from the RBI to arrange for the loan and an NOC was given,” “The central government’s permission is needed only if the state government is borrowing,” External link

expressindia Friday, March 5, 2021 5:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Basically these people have no idea about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC (non-banking financial companies). We have taken all necessary permissions,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "There is absolutely no violation of FEMA as we have received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Reserve Bank of India (RBI)," External link

newindianexpress Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They can seek explanations or ask questions, but if they are bent on using threats, they should be aware that Kerala is not ruled by the Congress leaders of north India. The Kerala government is quite capable of protecting its officers from harassment and threats. There is a police force here for maintaining law and order,” External link

thehindu Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This officer had conducted several raids for BJP. He did play several games to unsettle the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress leaders in Kerala should all know this,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The questions that ED had asked the chartered accountant of M Sivasankar (chief minister’s former principal secretary) show how poor is ED officials’ understanding about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC. The KIIFB officials were summoned to the ED office twice earlier and now the KIIFB CEO and deputy CEO have been asked to report at the ED office on March 4. The BJP government is misusing ED to settle political scores against the state government. The political bosses sitting in New Delhi should understand that it’s not the docile Congress leaders they are fighting against,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They can seek explanations or ask questions, but if they are bent on using threats, they should be aware that Kerala is not ruled by the Congress leaders of north India. The Kerala government is quite capable of protecting its officers from harassment and threats. There is a police force here for maintaining law and order,” External link

Hindu Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “This officer had conducted several raids for BJP. He did play several games to unsettle the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Congress leaders in Kerala should all know this,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The questions that ED had asked the chartered accountant of M Sivasankar (chief minister’s former principal secretary) show how poor is ED officials’ understanding about KIIFB. They have mistaken it for an NBFC. The KIIFB officials were summoned to the ED office twice earlier and now the KIIFB CEO and deputy CEO have been asked to report at the ED office on March 4. The BJP government is misusing ED to settle political scores against the state government. The political bosses sitting in New Delhi should understand that it’s not the docile Congress leaders they are fighting against,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac alleged ( about Chief Minister ) : "The ED's move is a violation of rules during the time of polls. Union Finance Minister herself is leading the blatant violation of the code of conduct," External link

economictimes Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote ( about Nirmala Sitharaman ) : "Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman should have realized that the dignity of the position she holds is being eroded when she automatically reads (without understanding) what someone has written. She was talking nonsense about KIIFB and the state budget. Not only did she not do her homework at all, but her remarks proved that she had no idea what was being said. The Union Minister should not regret for which I am saying openly that Shame on You," External link

business-standard Monday, March 1, 2021 6:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “Once the court announces its verdict, we will discuss it with the people. The Congress has picked up the issue as it has nothing else to do or talk about,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 7, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “UDF also made such appointments during its tenure,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 7, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Congress is engaged in efforts to bring the issue back into public domain since the party has nothing else to do. The people have rejected the UDF in the local body polls and they are trying to recover lost ground by raising the issue. Ours is a country where the rule of law reigns. The war of words between the UDF and the LDF on the issue will not have any bearing on the Supreme Court verdict,” External link

newindianexpress Sunday, February 7, 2021 4:37:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala can look forward by ensuring substantial increase in capital expenditure within the shortest period and the State government is earnestly putting its effort towards this end,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:48:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala can look forward by ensuring substantial increase in capital expenditure within the shortest period and the State government is earnestly putting its effort towards this end,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, February 2, 2021 9:16:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Kochi Metro ) : “Budget has allotted Rs 1,957 cr to Kochi Metro . Actually, Centre will give only its share of Rs 358 crore from the Budget. Kerala government should also provide Rs 358 cr. The balance amount will be the loan taken by Metro. Don’t cheat people with false statements,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, February 2, 2021 11:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “The amount set aside for agriculture and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is low compared to the allocation in the previous year’s budget. As per the budget, allocation for agri sector has decreased to 1.48 lakh crore from 1.54 lakh crore. Allocation for MGNREGS dipped to 0.73 lakh crore from 1.11 crore,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, February 2, 2021 11:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Kochi Metro ) : “The development of National Highways was announced earlier, and the amount will be taken as a loan by the National Highways Authority of India. Of the ₹1,957 crore allotted for the Phase II of the Kochi Metro, Centre will provide only its share of ₹338 crore. The State should provide an equal amount and rest will have to be taken as loan,” External link

thehindu Monday, February 1, 2021 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Economy Survey has stated that India's GDP is expected to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2021-22. But, this Budget ensures that it is not going to happen. The 11.5 per cent GDP growth is total nonsense,” External link

thehindu Monday, February 1, 2021 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Kochi Metro ) : “The development of National Highways was announced earlier, and the amount will be taken as a loan by the National Highways Authority of India. Of the ₹1,957 crore allotted for the Phase II of the Kochi Metro, Centre will provide only its share of ₹338 crore. The State should provide an equal amount and rest will have to be taken as loan,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 1, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Economy Survey has stated that India's GDP is expected to grow by 11.5 per cent in 2021-22. But, this Budget ensures that it is not going to happen. The 11.5 per cent GDP growth is total nonsense,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 1, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s expected that pay revision report will be available before Jan 31. Government will issue orders in advance so that model code of conduct won’t be a hindrance,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “KIIFB being a body corporate, its fund mobilization will not reflect in the government’s fiscal deficit. Moreover, it is control leverage or growing annuity model. It has developed an asset liability management software, which will regulate the volume of resource mobilisation in tune with its repaying capacity. It can never become a liability on Kerala,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The CAG had said that all loans sourced by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) were unconstitutional. The Opposition said they shared the same views. The Left Democratic Front will make it a poll plank in the elections,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We passed the laws jointly. You are parting ways as elections are approaching as you fear that we will get an upper hand,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The CAG had said that all loans sourced by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) were unconstitutional. The Opposition said they shared the same views. The Left Democratic Front will make it a poll plank in the elections,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We passed the laws jointly. You are parting ways as elections are approaching as you fear that we will get an upper hand,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “The CAG report is a challenge to the Legislative Assembly. We will move against it politically as it is the hidden agenda of the BJP to sabotage Constitutional bodies in the country,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Eight lakh employment opportunities will be created in 2021-22,” External link

dnaindia Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kochi stands to gain from the building of infrastructure, as the city is central to Kerala’s development. Kochi is Kerala’s only metropolis, and that is an important point,” External link

thehindu Monday, January 18, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Other state lotteries will not be allowed to plunder through middlemen," "The provision of Kerala State GST Rules will be stringently implemented. Despite being limited, the government will use its power and rights in all sense. Kerala’s opinion is that the central government should amend the Central Lottery Regulation Rules by giving powers to the state government for regulating other state lotteries. This has been conveyed to the Centre and will be demanded again" External link

timesofindia Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “The LDF is coming back to power. The budget is aimed for our reelection,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Other state lotteries will not be allowed to plunder through middlemen," "The provision of Kerala State GST Rules will be stringently implemented. Despite being limited, the government will use its power and rights in all sense. Kerala’s opinion is that the central government should amend the Central Lottery Regulation Rules by giving powers to the state government for regulating other state lotteries. This has been conveyed to the Centre and will be demanded again" External link

timesofindia Saturday, January 16, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is not an election manifesto. But it clearly lays the path to the future. The Budget was politically discussed and finalised,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The intention of the government is not to raise the profit from lotteries, but to preserve the livelihoods of over a lakh of lottery sellers by restricting the lottery mafia at any cost,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:38:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Digital capabilities should be made available to everyone. The digital divide should be eliminated. Innovations should be interwoven into all avenues, leveraging the rich experiences of people from all sectors, including agriculture. In such a society, knowledge will be recreated perpetually," External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The production in the coir industry has increased to 30,000 tonnes from 7,000 tonnes in 2015-16. This will rise to 50,000 tonnes in 2021-22. At least 10,000 additional jobs will be generated. Coir workers in the State are getting ₹300 a day with the assistance of Income Support Scheme and the same will be increased to an average of ₹500 without any subsidy,” External link

Hindu Friday, January 15, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The deferred effect of Ockhi and the floods can be observed in the slow grow rate Kerala registered in 2019-20. The country and the state were sliding into an economic recession well before the pandemic hit the Indian economy as a result of demonetisation and other things,” External link

timesofindia Friday, January 15, 2021 5:29:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Those targeting to sabotage the state’s development have been eyeing to destroy KIIFB. The opposition had demanded a comprehensive audit of funds used by the KIIFB. This was done to create a controversy. The opposition was well aware that KIIFB itself has an audit mechanism of its own. The assembly itself had framed the law for KIIFB,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A constitutional body like CAG should not have indulged in such practices. It was in fact intruding into the federal powers of the state,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Those targeting to sabotage the state’s development have been eyeing to destroy KIIFB. The opposition had demanded a comprehensive audit of funds used by the KIIFB. This was done to create a controversy. The opposition was well aware that KIIFB itself has an audit mechanism of its own. The assembly itself had framed the law for KIIFB,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A constitutional body like CAG should not have indulged in such practices. It was in fact intruding into the federal powers of the state,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “It will not be an election Budget. But, it will be a full Budget that will set an agenda for five years. It will unveil innovative programmes for a new Kerala,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The report will spell out how this can be done. It will be a slow process but not drastic,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “COVID-19 that has snatched many lives and hit all sectors of the economy has also created a new situation. A new job market has emerged and the brand name of Kerala has increased. We are going to take leverage on these and it will be spelled out in the Budget,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It will be a role model and address the world economic issues,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “COVID-19 that has snatched many lives and hit all sectors of the economy has also created a new situation. A new job market has emerged and the brand name of Kerala has increased. We are going to take leverage on these and it will be spelled out in the Budget,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It will be a role model and address the world economic issues,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “I will go by what the Speaker decides and accept it. There will be no protest,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 30, 2020 11:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “I will go by what the Speaker decides and accept it. There will be no protest,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 30, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The tone of most reports suggests that EB has cornered KIIFB. However, ED has not yet approached KIIFB. It’s said that ED has written to Reserve Bank [on the masala bond]. What are the questions they might have asked? All those questions were published by Times of India a few days ago,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 25, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Definitely KIIFB is going to be a hot topic. We will ask the voters if they want the projects taken up by KIIFB in their wards to be carried out. If yes, then vote for us,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Anil Sethi ) : “We have already started the renovation of Anil Seth’s house. It will be the headquarters of Gujarati heritage region. Other major components of the project include a history museum, spice museum, and restoration of the temple complex,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 23, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The CAG report is not outyet. The (assembly) Speaker had sought an explanation after the details of the CAG report came out in public domain before it was tabled. Further actions on CAG report can only be taken by the Public Accounts Committee and not the ED office in Kochi," External link

news18 Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The House can be convened in January and we cannot wait in view of the unusual situation that has come up. It is not like the Enforcement Directorate looking into a project. The intention of the CAG has to be exposed. Whoever rules, it has to be taken forward and one KIIFB-funded project will get commissioned daily from next year,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Enforcement Directorate ) : “The House can be convened in January and we cannot wait in view of the unusual situation that has come up. It is not like the Enforcement Directorate looking into a project. The intention of the CAG has to be exposed. Whoever rules, it has to be taken forward and one KIIFB-funded project will get commissioned daily from next year,” External link

Hindu Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Ram Madhav ) : “It is RSS leader Ram Madhav, who gave the green signal for the case against KIIFB. After a meeting held at Rama Nilayam in Thrissur with Ram Madhav, a Swadeshi Jagaran Manch leader moved a case against KIIFB in the Kerala high court. KPCC general secretary Mathew Kuzhalnadan has acted as the axe of RSS conspiracy for destroying KIIFB and Kerala’s development,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It was the RSS leader Ram Madhav , who gave the green signal to Swadeshi Jagran Manch leader to move against KIIFB in the High Court. Congress leader Mathew Kuzhalnadan has taken the case to derail the development of Kerala through KIIFB," External link

timesofindia Monday, November 16, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He stated that the KIIFB is enmeshed in corruption but would not reveal more details due to professional ethics. The KPCC secretary should reveal the details of corruption in the KIIFB. The Congress should think if it needed such a person as a KPCC secretary,” External link

thehindu Monday, November 16, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He stated that the KIIFB is enmeshed in corruption but would not reveal more details due to professional ethics. The KPCC secretary should reveal the details of corruption in the KIIFB. The Congress should think if it needed such a person as a KPCC secretary,” External link

Hindu Monday, November 16, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The reply is being prepared by the finance department and it is in the final shape. The reply would be given to the CAG through the chief secretary,” External link

timesofindia Monday, November 16, 2020 5:38:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "It is nothing but absurdity that is featured in the (CAG) report," External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It's unprecedented act of the CAG and it appears it's out to spoil the development of Kerala. It's true it's a constitutional body, but they have to realise that and hence we will not take things lying down," External link

news18 Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:56:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “There is a famous phrase ‘the auditor is a watchdog and not a bloodhound’. However, the CAG has forgotten the basic tenets of auditing as it has embarked on a hunting mission on behalf of its political bosses… Those who have made CBI a caged parrot have now made CAG an unchained bloodhound” External link

timesofindia Sunday, November 15, 2020 4:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "They (CAG) claim that the KIIFB loans are unconstitutional. Since 1999, CAG had audited KIIFB nine times and prepared the audit report. This allegation was not raised anytime before this. The Indian Constitution is not a book which can be interpreted by any person, appointed as CAG, according to his political leanings," External link

news18 Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, informed that the Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft T 81 has been allotted to the Alappuzha port museum. The ship is in Mumbai. It will be handed over to the Southern Naval Command soon. From Kochi, we will have to bring it to Alappuzha and installed on the seashore in front of the museum. The Navy has offered full support,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “There are a whole lot of areas which are waiting for some innovative interventions, especially in the high range belts, which are prone to larger and diverse vulnerabilities. GIF is an ambitious experimentation to leverage technology to bridge gaps which may be arduous through our traditional way of working” External link

Hindu Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Commission ) : “A majority of states have told the Finance Commission that they want their share increased to 50%,” External link

HindustanTimes Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:47:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Since certain employee organisations are not ready to accept the salary deferment proposal, we are not going ahead with the same. As per the ordinance on salary deferment, government is supposed to specify when the differed portion of salary would be given back to employees. As per the cabinet decision, the portion of salary deferred from April 2020 to August would be merged in PF on April 1, 2021,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The money merged in PF may be withdrawn after June 1, 2021. Pensioners and others having no PF account would be given back their money in equal instalments from June 1, 2021,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Indian Navy has promised to provide a ship. We hope the ship will reach Kochi by next month. From there, it will be brought to Alappuzha. The last time a ship came to Alappuzha port was in 1989,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Indian Navy has promised to provide a ship. We hope the ship will reach Kochi by next month. From there, it will be brought to Alappuzha. The last time a ship came to Alappuzha port was in 1989,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Having amicably settled the question of who should borrow, we hope Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address the question of how much to borrow through dialogue with State Finance Ministers,” External link

Hindu Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asks : “Since under the new arrangement, the additional borrowing will not affect the fiscal deficit of the Centre, why is the Centre not ready to borrow ₹1.7 lakh crore instead of the present offer of ₹1.1 lakh crore,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 16, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have only welcomed, but not accepted it,” External link

Hindu Friday, October 16, 2020 8:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have no problem in going with Congress-ruled States jointly to the Supreme Court. We are preparing and we will ensure that all of us move on the same ground,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister46.83%EN10/05/201705/10/2017
finance minister45.85%EN10/05/201705/10/2017
assistant0.98%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
state finance minister1.46%EN09/07/201607/09/2016
specialist0.49%EN08/08/201608/08/2016
minister of finance0.49%EN08/05/201605/08/2016
director0.98%EN06/28/201628/06/2016
economist0.98%EN05/25/201625/05/2016
committee member0.49%EN05/19/201619/05/2016
former finance minister1.46%EN01/03/201403/01/2014
Names Lang Count
Thomas IsaacEN81.24%
Thomas IssacEN15.68%
Thomas IsaacEU3.09%
Thomas IsaacFR0.00%


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