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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Thomas Isaac said : “The money merged in PF may be withdrawn after June 1, 2021.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

Thomas Isaac said : “In the circumstances, if the avowed principle of consensus is not being upheld, the legal provisions for a dispute resolution mechanism within the Council should be activated without delay,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow,” External link

news18 Monday, October 5, 2020 9:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow," External link

4-traders Monday, October 5, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow," External link

news-yahoo Monday, October 5, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We would outright reject all notions that States refusing to make the choice will lose their GST compensation till 2022,” External link

Hindu Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government of Saskatchewan is not adhering to Canadian law when it either carries out consultation or refuses to carry out consultation regarding asserted Métis interests throughout Saskatchewan," External link

CBC Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We're only aware of what we're aware of, and it's quite clear to us that we believe there are many other instances that the government simply did not do what it's constitutionally required to do," External link

CBC Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Central government is only a member of the GST Council with 33.3 per cent of votes. It is the council that has constitutional powers to take decisions. Centre should call the council meeting immediately and stop issuing these threats. India is still a federal country,” External link

business-standard Monday, September 21, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “You (Tharoor) justify your stance by stating negligence on the part of AAI on the development of Trivandrum airport. Even if it is true, it is not a solution to handover a public property like an airport to a corporate company. I request you, as local MP, to take a favourable stance for Kerala. We have experience from Cial and can operate TIAL in a better way,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Although it was a project that drew a lot of criticism when we were in the opposition, as a government-initiated investment project, we realise that such interventions will obstruct Kerala’s long-term development needs. Government has formed capital region development programme so that Thiruvananthapuram district gets the benefit when the Vizhinjam project gets completed,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state openly welcomes private investment but cannot allow looting of public property. Central government had given us assurance twice that our demand will be considered in the bidding and we participated in the bid after registering our disapproval. Later, the central government announced unilaterally to hand over the airport to a private entity,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “You (Tharoor) justify your stance by stating negligence on the part of AAI on the development of Trivandrum airport. Even if it is true, it is not a solution to handover a public property like an airport to a corporate company. I request you, as local MP, to take a favourable stance for Kerala. We have experience from Cial and can operate TIAL in a better way,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Although it was a project that drew a lot of criticism when we were in the opposition, as a government-initiated investment project, we realise that such interventions will obstruct Kerala’s long-term development needs. Government has formed capital region development programme so that Thiruvananthapuram district gets the benefit when the Vizhinjam project gets completed,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state openly welcomes private investment but cannot allow looting of public property. Central government had given us assurance twice that our demand will be considered in the bidding and we participated in the bid after registering our disapproval. Later, the central government announced unilaterally to hand over the airport to a private entity,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Union Finance Minister's act of god theory does not find a place in it. Fourteen per cent in GST revenue is promised to states. They have to be compensated in case of a shortfall," External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : "Monday's meeting decided to communicate the decision to the GST Council in the feedback on the proposed options. The participants also agreed to counter the centre's arguments on the issue. For this, state finance ministers will give interviews, publish articles and statements," External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s unlikely that there could be a common charter of demands among states. We are exploring whether we can find a common ground in our reaction to the propositions. Individual states would be stating their reactions to the GST council in different ways,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The slump had started much earlier, with demonetisation. Compensation was promised to lure states to the GST regime. Centre can’t simply go back from that promise,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “In order to make such a borrowing, Kerala would need the borrowing limit to be raised by 1.5 per cent. The Centre has not said anything on that,” External link

asianage Friday, August 28, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Full compensation is constitutional right of states. Unacceptable.#GSTCouncilMeet," External link

news18 Friday, August 28, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala opposed the Centre’s argument that the GST compensation was to make up for the normal losses due to GST implementation and not for Covid-related revenue fall. The legal advice by the Attorney General too does not mention such a classification. Kerala will not accept this,” External link

financialexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They are enforcing a cut in compensation and bringing in an unconstitutional distinction… There were serious differences of opinion, I challenged the distinctions. I am willing to consider borrowing by states but full compensation must be paid,” External link

expressindia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was another let down. The GST council should have empowered to borrow for meeting the compensation requirement, if necessary through an ordinance. Part payment of compensation is not enough in such trying times,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was another let down. The GST council should have empowered to borrow for meeting the compensation requirement, if necessary through an ordinance. Part payment of compensation is not enough in such trying times,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He gave voice to all sides of an issue and cross-checked facts before publishing,” External link

thehindu Monday, August 17, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He gave voice to all sides of an issue and cross-checked facts before publishing,” External link

Hindu Monday, August 17, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “It was decided that sale of old gold will attract GST at 3 per cent under RCM. The officers’ committee will now work on the modalities,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Gujarat High ) : “The Gujarat High Court had recently asked that state to invoke this section,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 15, 2020 4:41:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Around 70 lakh people would receive a minimum Rs 2,600 each in their hands during Onam. Employees and workers will continue to receive the bonus, festival allowance and advance they used to get earlier. MGNREGA workers, who completed 100 working days, are usually given Rs 1,000. Efforts are on to ensure all such assistances during Covid times," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Around 70 lakh people would receive a minimum Rs 2,600 each in their hands during Onam. Employees and workers will continue to receive the bonus, festival allowance and advance they used to get earlier. MGNREGA workers, who completed 100 working days, are usually given Rs 1,000. Efforts are on to ensure all such assistances during Covid times," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

economictimes Monday, August 3, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

financialexpress Monday, August 3, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

economictimes Monday, August 3, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

business-standard Monday, August 3, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “According to news reports the hearing before Standing Committee on Finance, Centre has taken the stand that GST Compensation can’t be paid and present arrangements be revised by Council. Such a brazen betrayal of federal trust! Convene the Council meeting immediately as promised” External link

news18 Friday, July 31, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “According to news reports the hearing before the Standing Committee on Finance , Centre has taken the stand that GST Compensation can’t be paid and present arrangements be revised by Council. Such a brazen betrayal of federal trust! Convene the Council meeting immediately as promised,” External link

expressindia Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:41:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “But, the agency doesn’t have any negative comments on fiscal management of KIIFB and support from the government. The downgrading happened because of the downgrading of the state government. It is a fact that the financial situation of state government has worsened after Covid-19 outbreak. All state governments are facing a similar crisis. However, their rating outlook for KIIFB is ‘stable’ and that means there wouldn’t be further downgrades this year,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Santhosh Kumar ) : "A 100 member medical team of doctors and nurses from Kerala led by Santhosh Kumar Dy. Superintendent of TVM Medical College volunteers to assist Mumbai doctors in the battle against Covid19.Advance team has already reached Seven Hills Hospital. Doctors without borders!" External link

mid-day Monday, June 1, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The states are not able to collect the GST, how can there be an additional cess?” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The states are not able to collect the GST, how can there be an additional cess?” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 23, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Now, Centre has used the pandemic crisis to introduce conditions on states’ market borrowings,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We won't be able to pay salaries in two months, let alone fight Covid-19. The Kerala government is slipping into a dangerous situation," External link

news-yahoo-in Monday, May 18, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Nirmala Sitharaman ) : "We welcome the announcement made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to raise the borrowing limits of states for the financial year 2020-21 from three per cent to five per cent of GDP. This was one of the demands made by Kerala," External link

news18 Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Commission ) : "The 15th Finance Commission had taken up the suggestion that loans should not be bound by conditions. However, this was not considered this time in its financial report. The loans granted to the states need to be repaid with interest and what's the point in imposing conditions for the loans. Either these conditions should be scrapped or there should be discussion on that," External link

news18 Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : “According to a study by GIFT, Kerala’s economy will shrink by 10.13% even if the normalcy is restored within three months after the lockdown is lifted. If recovery takes six months, GSDP (gross state domestic product) growth will decline by -13.56%. This will be the sharpest recession after the formation of the state in 1956,” External link

business-standard Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We won't be able to pay salaries in two months, let alone fight Covid-19. The Kerala government is slipping into a dangerous situation," External link

news18 Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The corporation has come up with three models. The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology is finalising the disinfectant to be used. They need to test the disinfectant to ensure it would not create any skin problems and other issues. We are expecting a report from them in the next couple of days. Once they issue the certification, the State government’s expert committee on COVID-19 will look into it. After receiving the nod, the product will be launched on a pilot basis before making it available pan-India,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The coir corporation has come up with three models. In the meantime, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology is finalising the disinfectant to be used in it. They need to test the disinfectant to ensure it would not create any skin problems and other issues. We are expecting a report from them in the next couple of days. Once they issue the certification, the State government’s expert committee on COVID-19 will look into it. After receiving the nod, the product will be launched on a pilot basis, before making it available pan-India,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Priority would be given to the salary disbursal of healthcare workers and police personnel. The approval to employees who fall under various other categories would follow,” External link

timesofindia Friday, May 1, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The central government should come out with a package for interstate and international migrant workers for their rehabilitation and relief. Center should take their responsibility as it comes under the union list," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:56:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We can’t abdicate our responsibility of protecting them. We will work out the best through our agencies,” External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We hope to bring down the number of active cases to single digits by the time expats come back. We can contain it within manageable limits,” External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state government has taken the decision on the ordinance as per the Kerala High Court order. We could have gone for an appeal. But, the court said that the government order on deducting salary does not have a legal backing. So, we have decided to make it legal,” External link

india Wednesday, April 29, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is the local governments that are fighting on the ground,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “What’s happening is not in the spirit of cooperative federalism,” “There’s no clarity on how the funds collected will be used” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : "This is not against yesterday's high court order, instead we have abided by it. We are not going to go in appeal against stay order. The State government is using the provisions in the Act. The provision in the Act is clear as it says this can be done when a health emergency or a disaster strikes. The Centre has declared the pandemic as a health emergency," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : "Some people like leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala is yet to gauge the situation what the state is presently undergoing. Anyone is free to go in appeal against the new Ordinance. The salary of April month will be paid in May after completing the procedures," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "As per this ordinance, the state government has been empowered to defer 25 per cent of the salary of the government employees, in case of a disaster. The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "As per this ordinance, the state government has been empowered to defer 25 per cent of the salary of the government employees, in case of a disaster. The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “This is not against yesterday’s high court order, instead we have abided by it. We are not going to go in appeal against stay order. The State government is using the provisions in the Act. The provision in the Act is clear as it says this can be done when a health emergency or a disaster strikes. The Centre has declared the pandemic as a health emergency,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Some people like leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala is yet to gauge the situation what the state is presently undergoing. Anyone is free to go in appeal against the new Ordinance. The salary of April month will be paid in May after completing the procedures,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It should not be forgotten that a controversy had surfaced in the way similar funds collected during the 2018 floods were misused and hence when this call came people by and large were not impressed. So, it's only natural the court stayed this," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have been asking for the state FMs’ meeting for quite some time. But it is yet to take place. We have been hearing only monologues. We don’t need mere self-praise or kudos. We need ...money to tide over the crisis,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 27, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Then a way out is to draw from the ways and means {advance} and, including overdraft, it will come to Rs 2,500 crore. After that what happens would be {that} the treasury would be closed. Such is the situation that we are in,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We will take a decision after evaluating the circumstances then. Anyhow, we have at least six months to decide. Some employees would like to get the amount as whole. Some would like to add the deducted amount to their providentfund.So we will take a decision upon that after considering the situation later," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If we include what the Centre would give is in all we will be able to touch Rs 2,000 crores. For payment of salaries along we require Rs 2,500 crores," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, April 25, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If we include what the Centre would give is in all we will be able to touch Rs 2,000 crores. For payment of salaries along we require Rs 2,500 crores," External link

news18 Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac clarified : “This is not a salary cut. It’s deferment of a portion of the salary. It means that government would pay back the employees the amount of money it now sets aside,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac clarified : “This is not a salary cut. It’s deferment of a portion of the salary. It means that government would pay back the employees the amount of money it now sets aside,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It was, as they say, white bread. Most had never seen a person of colour before, let alone one in a sari. But instantly, I knew it was a place I could settle down in. A close-knit god-fearing group of people full of warmth, it reminded me of home,” External link

outlookindia Friday, April 24, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is welcome, but it will have only a marginal impact upon the fiscal crisis the states are facing. What is required is an increase in the borrowing ceiling. Now because you don’t have normal borrowing possible, you have given ways and means. It’s not going to solve any problem,” External link

expressindia Saturday, April 18, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The country was keenly listening to know the answers to three questions. One, would agri loans be written off in the wake of farm operations coming to a standstill? Two, will the moratorium on loans be extended to one year? Three, will MSMEs get their current loan restructured with credit to rekindle their business? But then, the RBI governor’s address answers none of these moot questions,” External link

financialexpress Saturday, April 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “Currently, we have had some success in containing the spread. However, we are expecting large scale migration — Malayalees from outside, which will change this situation totally. We think a minimum of 100,000 people would fly in to Kerala (post lockdown). It could go up to even 300,000 or 400,000 people, particularly from the Gulf. We cannot rule out this possibility,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, April 15, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuseto comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

outlookindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuse to comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuse to comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Normally we give 7-8% interest on borrowings. We could afford it because our annual growth rate was 11-12%. Such a proportion would not lead us to a debt trap. But, things are changing now. Since our economic growth rate is about to dip, the borrowing at higher interest rate would wreck our fiscal condition," External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “States’ own revenues have come down... Centre has direct tax revenues,” “It should give to states what is owed to them as per the law... Centre can borrow and give funds to states” External link

economictimes Monday, April 6, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “quarantine and testing facilities have to augmented. An emotional support has also become imperative for those rendered jobless and are annoyed over their career prospects in the Gulf. We are anticipating a major spurt in demand for such facilities for which paucity of funds is the only hitch. A dip in returns from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) would only compound the crisis,” External link

thehindu Friday, April 3, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “quarantine and testing facilities have to augmented. An emotional support has also become imperative for those rendered jobless and are annoyed over their career prospects in the Gulf. We are anticipating a major spurt in demand for such facilities for which paucity of funds is the only hitch. A dip in returns from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) would only compound the crisis,” External link

Hindu Friday, April 3, 2020 4:30:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "No one in Kerala will go hungry. Food kits to every household. Community Kitchens in all local govts.Kudumbasree to open at least 1000 this week itself. No common dining but you can buy meal parcels at Rs 20 or book for home delivery by phone. For needy and poor free distribution" External link

business-standard Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “While demanding the people to stay at home, we have to meet their basic requirements. The State government has taken the first step and has announced a package, but given the gravity of the crisis, the State needs more funds and the Centre should heed the demands flagged by the government,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Centre does not seem to be keen on making policy corrections and putting the economy back on rails,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The boat terminal will be reconstructed with modern facilities. The new terminal will give impetus to the tourism sector,” External link

Hindu Monday, March 9, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “After the deliberations of the conference are dovetailed into an action plan, we intend to knock on Union ministries of defence, railways, road and mining seeking collaborations on utilisation of coir geotextiles. National Highways alone could need 40,000 tonne of coir geotextiles, if there is a policy decision on this,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the global economy is facing a threat... if the outbreak is not contained within three months, " External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 3, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “The country has been sliding down in its ranking in the World Hunger Index. But, the State is proud to implement the Hunger-Free Kerala programme. We will launch 1,000 food courts before Onam. Before the end of the year, 5,000 such hotels will be started in the State with the help of various organisations. This will eradicate poverty from the State,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 29, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Left government is committed to providing housing for all. We have achieved a milestone by completing two lakh houses under the Life Mission. The next phase of the project aims to construct apartment complexes is in progress" "The apartment complexes will be built for those who do not have land and home. About 100 sites across the state have been identified to build these apartment complexes, " External link

business-standard Friday, February 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "These housing projects are likely to benefit about 2 million people, " External link

business-standard Friday, February 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “The local bodies should join the State government in this effort. The panchayats should utilise the labour force under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for removing silt from canals. Coir geotextiles should be laid to protect its banks,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 24, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “Development projects worth ₹50,000 crore including roads, hospitals, and schools have been constructed in the State utilising KIIFB funds,” External link

Hindu Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Starting new factories will help to achieve self-sufficiency in the coir sector. Already, companies such as Reliance and IKEA have signed agreements with us for procuring coir products,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We wanted to do something different and the abandoned pushcart was the first thing that came to mind,” External link

timesofindia Monday, February 17, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The work towards declaring the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation as ‘clean’ on August 15 this year is progressing. This will be the year in which a process which we began in 2012 will finally become a success,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Just as in the case of Nipah, Kerala has won battle with Coronavirus. All the 3 patients identified have been confirmed by Central authorities to have fully recovered. No case of secondary spread. The number under quarantine observation drastically coming down" External link

newindianexpress Friday, February 14, 2020 10:39:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Arun Jaitley ) : “We have started reaching out to other state governments. If Centre is firm on going back on its assurance given to the GST council of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, we would challenge it in Supreme Court,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s unfortunate that the capital did not receive its due in this budget. I appeal to ministers not to announce new package for the capital as he did last time when the neglect towards Idukki was raised in the house during previous budget discussions,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The average cost of one kilo litre of water is Rs 23.72, but the average price of water is Rs 9.50. A fundamental restructuring is inevitable to bridge this gap,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The average cost of one kilo litre of water is Rs 23.72, but the average price of water is Rs 9.50. A fundamental restructuring is inevitable to bridge this gap,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “DA arrears will be disbursed in a phased manner in the next financial year. The practice of government directly paying house building advance for government employees will be brought back,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The turnover of Kerala State Lottery in 2015-16 was Rs 5,445 crore. This will be raised to Rs 12,000 crore in 2019-20. The target for 2020-21 is Rs 15,000 crore,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, February 8, 2020 5:18:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “17,614 new posts were created during this government’s tenure. It was sanctioned after intense deliberations and detailed examination. However, government aided schools created 18,119 posts without following these procedures. 13,255 teachers continue to be in the protected category. With the implementation of Right to Education Act, the teacher-student ratio was reduced from 45 students to 30 per teacher in lower primary schools and to 35 students in upper primary schools. It was interpreted that even if there is one student above this ratio, new posts could be created. At the sub-district-level if the AEO approved, posts were created. Many complaints were received on creation of such posts and they will have to be necessarily examined. The situation of creating a new post even if the student ratio exceeds by even one student will have to change. New posts should be created only with concurrence of the government. KER will be amended accordingly,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, February 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Conservation activities of heritage mansions constructed in the 19th century including churches/mosques/temples/ educational-health-commercial institutions etc will be completed. When these activities along with canal renovation works aided by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board are completed, Alappuzha will get a rebirth as a heritage city,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A massive scheme with the financial assistance of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) will be implemented to draw sludge and sediment from the backwaters and canals. It will be utilised for widening the outer bunds and to strengthen them with suitable methodologies,” External link

thehindu Friday, February 7, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : "The message is, yes, we remember that Mahatma was murdered. Murdered by Hindu communalists who are today revered by the ruling party and the central government. We just want to say that we will remember it, people will not forget it," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "These are very different times that we live in. For the centre, NRC is the greatest and the most urgent reform that needs to be implemented. It is a divisive attempt to mobilize population on communal lines. This has to be countered at every level," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Agitations are rising up everywhere in the country against the CAA that undermines the very essence of the Constitution. We are passing through a period of the biggest agitation in the history of independent India. Students, youth and women are at the forefront of this struggle,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Agitations are rising up everywhere in the country against the CAA that undermines the very essence of the Constitution. We are passing through a period of the biggest agitation in the history of independent India. Students, youth and women are at the forefront of this struggle,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The expected gain in GST collection has not been materialised....recession has also adversely affected tax collection. It is expected that there will be a shortfall of Rs 10,113 crore in the anticipated tax income of this year," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “This is important at a time when history is being re-written,” External link

asianage Friday, February 7, 2020 4:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We want to remind, we are telling we remember it, we will not forget it,” External link

financialexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asserted : “This is important at the times when history is being re-written. There is an attempt to erase some popular memories and use the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to divide the population on communal lines. Kerala will stand united,” External link

india Friday, February 7, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : "Definitely, it is a political statement. It is a painting by a Malayalam artist of Mahatma Gandhi's murder scene. We are sending out a message that we will not forget who murdered Gandhi" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "This is important at the times when history is being re-written. There is an attempt to erase some popular memories and use the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to divide the population on communal lines. Kerala will stand united," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

news18 Friday, February 7, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended,” External link

financialexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended," External link

newindianexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "Kerala has suffered. Our tax share was Rs 17,800 crore last year and now it will be only Rs 15,000 crore, it is an absolute decline to the devolution to the state. Whatever apprehensions we had earlier about the Budget have now been realised in practice," External link

business-standard Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Budget of 2020-21 will be a repeat of the failure of the budget of 2019-20. Clearly, the Finance Minister has not learned lessons from the past years' experience. Within four months of the presentation of the last budget, it had to be amended by three mini-budgets," "The corporate tax revenue has seen a sharp decline and the further deductions given to companies in this budget will impact the collection in the coming year," External link

business-standard Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Union finance minister failed to feel the vibes of an economic recession around the corner when she presented her budget for 2019-20. Here she committed the same mistakes again and overlooked the economic slowdown staring at the country. The budgetary provision to Kerala has been whittled down from the existing 2.5% to 1.9%. This is something unexpected and unacceptable. While the allocation to the state was Rs 17,872 crore in the last budget, it has been reduced to Rs 15,236 crore this time,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A shortage of around Rs 5,000 crore in the allocation, compared to our expectations is bound to have its impact. We will have to explore out of the box solutions to fund the programmes and schemes being readied as part of our next budget,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government is not yet willing to come into terms with the plain fact that it's the deterioration of buying capacity of people that debilitate the economy. But, the Union government tries to save the economy by doling out more and more freebies to the corporates,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State has been neglected and the Union Budget is disappointing. The share of Central tax that was ₹17,872 crore in 2019-20 has been reduced to ₹15,236 crore as Kerala’s share has been reduced from 2.5% to 1.9% based on the 15th Finance Commission report. We were expecting a share of ₹20,000 crore,” External link

thehindu Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State has been neglected and the Union Budget is disappointing. The share of Central tax that was ₹17,872 crore in 2019-20 has been reduced to ₹15,236 crore as Kerala’s share has been reduced from 2.5% to 1.9% based on the 15th Finance Commission report. We were expecting a share of ₹20,000 crore,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It will be counterproductive in a state like Kerala where assembly unanimously has adopted a resolution against the NPR, and to have it along with the census" External link

timesofindia Monday, January 20, 2020 6:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It will be counterproductive in a state like Kerala where assembly unanimously has adopted a resolution against the NPR, and to have it along with the census" External link

business-standard Monday, January 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote ( about Narendra Modi ) : "I am not surprised by the slogans raised by the BJP workers in Kuttiyadi. It is the Islamophobia that has seeped into the blood of Narendra Modi and a common BJP supporter that was on display there. How long can they camouflage this? On the one hand, BJP is holding door-to-door campaigns and public rallies in the name of comforting Muslims, on the other they issue threats to Muslims asking them if they remember Gujarat," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "In the last quarter, our borrowing limit was Rs 10,023 crore, but yesterday the centre gave us the permission only for for Rs 1,900 crore," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "In the last quarter, our borrowing limit was Rs 10,023 crore, but yesterday the centre gave us the permission only for for Rs 1,900 crore," External link

news18 Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The flawed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), mainly without an effective tax administration mechanism, has rattled the expectations for raising income. An enforcement system to check the revenue leak is still not in place. Unlike manufacturing States like Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala is only a consumer State and the revenue leak is high. An all-out bid will be made for mopping up the tax revenue after scrutinising the GST returns filed in December and also Value Added Tax arrears. This will have a cushioning effect on the State’s finances,” External link

thehindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It has become so integral to the State’s development and no government in future would be able to relinquish it. The functioning of KIIFB, KSFE, KFC and the Kerala Bank have all won accolades for the government and it will be thrust areas,” External link

thehindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The flawed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), mainly without an effective tax administration mechanism, has rattled the expectations for raising income. An enforcement system to check the revenue leak is still not in place. Unlike manufacturing States like Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala is only a consumer State and the revenue leak is high. An all-out bid will be made for mopping up the tax revenue after scrutinising the GST returns filed in December and also Value Added Tax arrears. This will have a cushioning effect on the State’s finances,” External link

Hindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It has become so integral to the State’s development and no government in future would be able to relinquish it. The functioning of KIIFB, KSFE, KFC and the Kerala Bank have all won accolades for the government and it will be thrust areas,” External link

Hindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala may not require compensation cess at all if it is permitted to have real-time access to annual returns and e-way bills, so that tax evasion could be curbed,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government has earmarked funds for the implementation of the hunger-free Kerala project. We have already launched it on a pilot basis in a few places in the district. We will be extending it to the rest of the district,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Cutting across political divide State FMs demand raising fiscal deficit, larger central allocation for programs Ayushman Bharat, social pensions and MGNREGS, support to farmers, interest subvention to SHGs and streamlining of central devolution to avoid ways and means crisis” External link

financialexpress Thursday, December 19, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Total expenditure of the government increased by 16% in its first three years. It should be noted that the same was less than 15% during UDF regime. Several infrastructure development programmes worth Rs 45,000 crore, funded by KIIFB, are in various stages of implementation. The total capital investment made by three previous governments together would only be around Rs 40,000 crore. The white paper said that capital investment from state budget would come around Rs 35,000 crore. KIIFB funding is in addition to that,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:35:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Despite our progress in the field of health care, we have been witnessing a spurt in lifestyle diseases. Likewise, despite ensuring universal education, the State is in dire need of steps to meet global standards of education,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If the 18 per cent slab can go up to 22 per cent or to 25 per cent, it means an additional mop up of Rs 13,000 crore per month," External link

asianage Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Raise the upper slab, if needed. The 18 per cent slab can go up to 22 per cent or to 25 per cent,” External link

business-standard Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “The Union transport ministry wants 40,000 tonnes of geotextiles annually, which we cannot supply in entirety at present. Such is the demand for coir geotextiles. A decision has already been made to use coir geotextiles in the construction of roads under the Public Works Department. If we can produce enough coir geotextiles, we will be able to secure the future of the industry,” External link

thehindu Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “The Union transport ministry wants 40,000 tonnes of geotextiles annually, which we cannot supply in entirety at present. Such is the demand for coir geotextiles. A decision has already been made to use coir geotextiles in the construction of roads under the Public Works Department. If we can produce enough coir geotextiles, we will be able to secure the future of the industry,” External link

Hindu Friday, December 6, 2019 11:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State finance ministers recently raised the issue with the Union Finance Minister, but the Centre is not even ready to tell when they will release the pending GST compensation to the States. The State is not ready to compromise on the issue. The Centre should clear the dues immediately,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was a needless pressure tactic, as the State has always taken a positive attitude to the film industry in this regard. None of the film bodies protested when the GST was fixed as 18% and 28%. Still, the State government took a stand in the GST Council that this should be reduced, based on which such a decision was taken. Unlike States such as Tamil Nadu, the Kerala government did away with the entire entertainment tax when the GST was first imposed. Only when the GST rate was reduced did the government decide to let the local bodies collect entertainment tax,” External link

thehindu Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was a needless pressure tactic, as the State has always taken a positive attitude to the film industry in this regard. None of the film bodies protested when the GST was fixed as 18% and 28%. Still, the State government took a stand in the GST Council that this should be reduced, based on which such a decision was taken. Unlike States such as Tamil Nadu, the Kerala government did away with the entire entertainment tax when the GST was first imposed. Only when the GST rate was reduced did the government decide to let the local bodies collect entertainment tax,” External link

Hindu Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:57:00 PM EAT



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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

Thomas Isaac said : “In the circumstances, if the avowed principle of consensus is not being upheld, the legal provisions for a dispute resolution mechanism within the Council should be activated without delay,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow,” External link

news18 Monday, October 5, 2020 9:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow," External link

4-traders Monday, October 5, 2020 7:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Ten states demand that full compensation should be paid to the states during the current year as per clauses in the law and centre should borrow," External link

news-yahoo Monday, October 5, 2020 6:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We would outright reject all notions that States refusing to make the choice will lose their GST compensation till 2022,” External link

Hindu Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government of Saskatchewan is not adhering to Canadian law when it either carries out consultation or refuses to carry out consultation regarding asserted Métis interests throughout Saskatchewan," External link

CBC Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We're only aware of what we're aware of, and it's quite clear to us that we believe there are many other instances that the government simply did not do what it's constitutionally required to do," External link

CBC Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Central government is only a member of the GST Council with 33.3 per cent of votes. It is the council that has constitutional powers to take decisions. Centre should call the council meeting immediately and stop issuing these threats. India is still a federal country,” External link

business-standard Monday, September 21, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “You (Tharoor) justify your stance by stating negligence on the part of AAI on the development of Trivandrum airport. Even if it is true, it is not a solution to handover a public property like an airport to a corporate company. I request you, as local MP, to take a favourable stance for Kerala. We have experience from Cial and can operate TIAL in a better way,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Although it was a project that drew a lot of criticism when we were in the opposition, as a government-initiated investment project, we realise that such interventions will obstruct Kerala’s long-term development needs. Government has formed capital region development programme so that Thiruvananthapuram district gets the benefit when the Vizhinjam project gets completed,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state openly welcomes private investment but cannot allow looting of public property. Central government had given us assurance twice that our demand will be considered in the bidding and we participated in the bid after registering our disapproval. Later, the central government announced unilaterally to hand over the airport to a private entity,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Shashi Tharoor ) : “You (Tharoor) justify your stance by stating negligence on the part of AAI on the development of Trivandrum airport. Even if it is true, it is not a solution to handover a public property like an airport to a corporate company. I request you, as local MP, to take a favourable stance for Kerala. We have experience from Cial and can operate TIAL in a better way,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Although it was a project that drew a lot of criticism when we were in the opposition, as a government-initiated investment project, we realise that such interventions will obstruct Kerala’s long-term development needs. Government has formed capital region development programme so that Thiruvananthapuram district gets the benefit when the Vizhinjam project gets completed,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state openly welcomes private investment but cannot allow looting of public property. Central government had given us assurance twice that our demand will be considered in the bidding and we participated in the bid after registering our disapproval. Later, the central government announced unilaterally to hand over the airport to a private entity,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Union Finance Minister's act of god theory does not find a place in it. Fourteen per cent in GST revenue is promised to states. They have to be compensated in case of a shortfall," External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : "Monday's meeting decided to communicate the decision to the GST Council in the feedback on the proposed options. The participants also agreed to counter the centre's arguments on the issue. For this, state finance ministers will give interviews, publish articles and statements," External link

newindianexpress Monday, August 31, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s unlikely that there could be a common charter of demands among states. We are exploring whether we can find a common ground in our reaction to the propositions. Individual states would be stating their reactions to the GST council in different ways,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The slump had started much earlier, with demonetisation. Compensation was promised to lure states to the GST regime. Centre can’t simply go back from that promise,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, August 30, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “In order to make such a borrowing, Kerala would need the borrowing limit to be raised by 1.5 per cent. The Centre has not said anything on that,” External link

asianage Friday, August 28, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Full compensation is constitutional right of states. Unacceptable.#GSTCouncilMeet," External link

news18 Friday, August 28, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala opposed the Centre’s argument that the GST compensation was to make up for the normal losses due to GST implementation and not for Covid-related revenue fall. The legal advice by the Attorney General too does not mention such a classification. Kerala will not accept this,” External link

financialexpress Friday, August 28, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “They are enforcing a cut in compensation and bringing in an unconstitutional distinction… There were serious differences of opinion, I challenged the distinctions. I am willing to consider borrowing by states but full compensation must be paid,” External link

expressindia Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was another let down. The GST council should have empowered to borrow for meeting the compensation requirement, if necessary through an ordinance. Part payment of compensation is not enough in such trying times,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was another let down. The GST council should have empowered to borrow for meeting the compensation requirement, if necessary through an ordinance. Part payment of compensation is not enough in such trying times,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He gave voice to all sides of an issue and cross-checked facts before publishing,” External link

thehindu Monday, August 17, 2020 7:26:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “He gave voice to all sides of an issue and cross-checked facts before publishing,” External link

Hindu Monday, August 17, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “It was decided that sale of old gold will attract GST at 3 per cent under RCM. The officers’ committee will now work on the modalities,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:31:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Gujarat High ) : “The Gujarat High Court had recently asked that state to invoke this section,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, August 15, 2020 4:41:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Around 70 lakh people would receive a minimum Rs 2,600 each in their hands during Onam. Employees and workers will continue to receive the bonus, festival allowance and advance they used to get earlier. MGNREGA workers, who completed 100 working days, are usually given Rs 1,000. Efforts are on to ensure all such assistances during Covid times," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Around 70 lakh people would receive a minimum Rs 2,600 each in their hands during Onam. Employees and workers will continue to receive the bonus, festival allowance and advance they used to get earlier. MGNREGA workers, who completed 100 working days, are usually given Rs 1,000. Efforts are on to ensure all such assistances during Covid times," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

economictimes Monday, August 3, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

financialexpress Monday, August 3, 2020 7:42:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

economictimes Monday, August 3, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “realized that lack of investment in public health system can, in a pandemic time, be totally debilitating to the national economy,” External link

business-standard Monday, August 3, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “According to news reports the hearing before Standing Committee on Finance, Centre has taken the stand that GST Compensation can’t be paid and present arrangements be revised by Council. Such a brazen betrayal of federal trust! Convene the Council meeting immediately as promised” External link

news18 Friday, July 31, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “According to news reports the hearing before the Standing Committee on Finance , Centre has taken the stand that GST Compensation can’t be paid and present arrangements be revised by Council. Such a brazen betrayal of federal trust! Convene the Council meeting immediately as promised,” External link

expressindia Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:41:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “But, the agency doesn’t have any negative comments on fiscal management of KIIFB and support from the government. The downgrading happened because of the downgrading of the state government. It is a fact that the financial situation of state government has worsened after Covid-19 outbreak. All state governments are facing a similar crisis. However, their rating outlook for KIIFB is ‘stable’ and that means there wouldn’t be further downgrades this year,” External link

timesofindia Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Santhosh Kumar ) : "A 100 member medical team of doctors and nurses from Kerala led by Santhosh Kumar Dy. Superintendent of TVM Medical College volunteers to assist Mumbai doctors in the battle against Covid19.Advance team has already reached Seven Hills Hospital. Doctors without borders!" External link

mid-day Monday, June 1, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The states are not able to collect the GST, how can there be an additional cess?” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The states are not able to collect the GST, how can there be an additional cess?” External link

expressindia Saturday, May 23, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Now, Centre has used the pandemic crisis to introduce conditions on states’ market borrowings,” External link

timesofindia Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We won't be able to pay salaries in two months, let alone fight Covid-19. The Kerala government is slipping into a dangerous situation," External link

news-yahoo-in Monday, May 18, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Nirmala Sitharaman ) : "We welcome the announcement made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to raise the borrowing limits of states for the financial year 2020-21 from three per cent to five per cent of GDP. This was one of the demands made by Kerala," External link

news18 Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Commission ) : "The 15th Finance Commission had taken up the suggestion that loans should not be bound by conditions. However, this was not considered this time in its financial report. The loans granted to the states need to be repaid with interest and what's the point in imposing conditions for the loans. Either these conditions should be scrapped or there should be discussion on that," External link

news18 Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote : “According to a study by GIFT, Kerala’s economy will shrink by 10.13% even if the normalcy is restored within three months after the lockdown is lifted. If recovery takes six months, GSDP (gross state domestic product) growth will decline by -13.56%. This will be the sharpest recession after the formation of the state in 1956,” External link

business-standard Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We won't be able to pay salaries in two months, let alone fight Covid-19. The Kerala government is slipping into a dangerous situation," External link

news18 Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The corporation has come up with three models. The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology is finalising the disinfectant to be used. They need to test the disinfectant to ensure it would not create any skin problems and other issues. We are expecting a report from them in the next couple of days. Once they issue the certification, the State government’s expert committee on COVID-19 will look into it. After receiving the nod, the product will be launched on a pilot basis before making it available pan-India,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The coir corporation has come up with three models. In the meantime, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology is finalising the disinfectant to be used in it. They need to test the disinfectant to ensure it would not create any skin problems and other issues. We are expecting a report from them in the next couple of days. Once they issue the certification, the State government’s expert committee on COVID-19 will look into it. After receiving the nod, the product will be launched on a pilot basis, before making it available pan-India,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:19:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Priority would be given to the salary disbursal of healthcare workers and police personnel. The approval to employees who fall under various other categories would follow,” External link

timesofindia Friday, May 1, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The central government should come out with a package for interstate and international migrant workers for their rehabilitation and relief. Center should take their responsibility as it comes under the union list," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:56:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We can’t abdicate our responsibility of protecting them. We will work out the best through our agencies,” External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We hope to bring down the number of active cases to single digits by the time expats come back. We can contain it within manageable limits,” External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The state government has taken the decision on the ordinance as per the Kerala High Court order. We could have gone for an appeal. But, the court said that the government order on deducting salary does not have a legal backing. So, we have decided to make it legal,” External link

india Wednesday, April 29, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is the local governments that are fighting on the ground,” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “What’s happening is not in the spirit of cooperative federalism,” “There’s no clarity on how the funds collected will be used” External link

expressindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : "This is not against yesterday's high court order, instead we have abided by it. We are not going to go in appeal against stay order. The State government is using the provisions in the Act. The provision in the Act is clear as it says this can be done when a health emergency or a disaster strikes. The Centre has declared the pandemic as a health emergency," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : "Some people like leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala is yet to gauge the situation what the state is presently undergoing. Anyone is free to go in appeal against the new Ordinance. The salary of April month will be paid in May after completing the procedures," External link

business-standard Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "As per this ordinance, the state government has been empowered to defer 25 per cent of the salary of the government employees, in case of a disaster. The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

outlookindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "As per this ordinance, the state government has been empowered to defer 25 per cent of the salary of the government employees, in case of a disaster. The state government can take a decision on giving back the deferred amount within six months. These are the two operative provisions," External link

timesofindia Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “This is not against yesterday’s high court order, instead we have abided by it. We are not going to go in appeal against stay order. The State government is using the provisions in the Act. The provision in the Act is clear as it says this can be done when a health emergency or a disaster strikes. The Centre has declared the pandemic as a health emergency,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added ( about Ramesh Chennithala ) : “Some people like leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala is yet to gauge the situation what the state is presently undergoing. Anyone is free to go in appeal against the new Ordinance. The salary of April month will be paid in May after completing the procedures,” External link

HindustanTimes Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It should not be forgotten that a controversy had surfaced in the way similar funds collected during the 2018 floods were misused and hence when this call came people by and large were not impressed. So, it's only natural the court stayed this," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We have been asking for the state FMs’ meeting for quite some time. But it is yet to take place. We have been hearing only monologues. We don’t need mere self-praise or kudos. We need ...money to tide over the crisis,” External link

HindustanTimes Monday, April 27, 2020 10:22:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Then a way out is to draw from the ways and means {advance} and, including overdraft, it will come to Rs 2,500 crore. After that what happens would be {that} the treasury would be closed. Such is the situation that we are in,” External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "We will take a decision after evaluating the circumstances then. Anyhow, we have at least six months to decide. Some employees would like to get the amount as whole. Some would like to add the deducted amount to their providentfund.So we will take a decision upon that after considering the situation later," External link

business-standard Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If we include what the Centre would give is in all we will be able to touch Rs 2,000 crores. For payment of salaries along we require Rs 2,500 crores," External link

news-yahoo-in Saturday, April 25, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If we include what the Centre would give is in all we will be able to touch Rs 2,000 crores. For payment of salaries along we require Rs 2,500 crores," External link

news18 Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac clarified : “This is not a salary cut. It’s deferment of a portion of the salary. It means that government would pay back the employees the amount of money it now sets aside,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac clarified : “This is not a salary cut. It’s deferment of a portion of the salary. It means that government would pay back the employees the amount of money it now sets aside,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 25, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It was, as they say, white bread. Most had never seen a person of colour before, let alone one in a sari. But instantly, I knew it was a place I could settle down in. A close-knit god-fearing group of people full of warmth, it reminded me of home,” External link

outlookindia Friday, April 24, 2020 2:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It is welcome, but it will have only a marginal impact upon the fiscal crisis the states are facing. What is required is an increase in the borrowing ceiling. Now because you don’t have normal borrowing possible, you have given ways and means. It’s not going to solve any problem,” External link

expressindia Saturday, April 18, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The country was keenly listening to know the answers to three questions. One, would agri loans be written off in the wake of farm operations coming to a standstill? Two, will the moratorium on loans be extended to one year? Three, will MSMEs get their current loan restructured with credit to rekindle their business? But then, the RBI governor’s address answers none of these moot questions,” External link

financialexpress Saturday, April 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “Currently, we have had some success in containing the spread. However, we are expecting large scale migration — Malayalees from outside, which will change this situation totally. We think a minimum of 100,000 people would fly in to Kerala (post lockdown). It could go up to even 300,000 or 400,000 people, particularly from the Gulf. We cannot rule out this possibility,” External link

news-yahoo-in Wednesday, April 15, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuseto comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

outlookindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:35:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuse to comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

business-standard Tuesday, April 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The first lesson is that without extensive testing, lockdown will not be effective and the second is that without income support, migrant workers across the country will refuse to comply with lockdown protocol and start travelling to their native lands," External link

timesofindia Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Normally we give 7-8% interest on borrowings. We could afford it because our annual growth rate was 11-12%. Such a proportion would not lead us to a debt trap. But, things are changing now. Since our economic growth rate is about to dip, the borrowing at higher interest rate would wreck our fiscal condition," External link

timesofindia Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “States’ own revenues have come down... Centre has direct tax revenues,” “It should give to states what is owed to them as per the law... Centre can borrow and give funds to states” External link

economictimes Monday, April 6, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “quarantine and testing facilities have to augmented. An emotional support has also become imperative for those rendered jobless and are annoyed over their career prospects in the Gulf. We are anticipating a major spurt in demand for such facilities for which paucity of funds is the only hitch. A dip in returns from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) would only compound the crisis,” External link

thehindu Friday, April 3, 2020 5:26:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “quarantine and testing facilities have to augmented. An emotional support has also become imperative for those rendered jobless and are annoyed over their career prospects in the Gulf. We are anticipating a major spurt in demand for such facilities for which paucity of funds is the only hitch. A dip in returns from Non-Resident Keralites (NoRKs) would only compound the crisis,” External link

Hindu Friday, April 3, 2020 4:30:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "No one in Kerala will go hungry. Food kits to every household. Community Kitchens in all local govts.Kudumbasree to open at least 1000 this week itself. No common dining but you can buy meal parcels at Rs 20 or book for home delivery by phone. For needy and poor free distribution" External link

business-standard Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “While demanding the people to stay at home, we have to meet their basic requirements. The State government has taken the first step and has announced a package, but given the gravity of the crisis, the State needs more funds and the Centre should heed the demands flagged by the government,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:05:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The Centre does not seem to be keen on making policy corrections and putting the economy back on rails,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The boat terminal will be reconstructed with modern facilities. The new terminal will give impetus to the tourism sector,” External link

Hindu Monday, March 9, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “After the deliberations of the conference are dovetailed into an action plan, we intend to knock on Union ministries of defence, railways, road and mining seeking collaborations on utilisation of coir geotextiles. National Highways alone could need 40,000 tonne of coir geotextiles, if there is a policy decision on this,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the global economy is facing a threat... if the outbreak is not contained within three months, " External link

business-standard Tuesday, March 3, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “The country has been sliding down in its ranking in the World Hunger Index. But, the State is proud to implement the Hunger-Free Kerala programme. We will launch 1,000 food courts before Onam. Before the end of the year, 5,000 such hotels will be started in the State with the help of various organisations. This will eradicate poverty from the State,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 29, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Left government is committed to providing housing for all. We have achieved a milestone by completing two lakh houses under the Life Mission. The next phase of the project aims to construct apartment complexes is in progress" "The apartment complexes will be built for those who do not have land and home. About 100 sites across the state have been identified to build these apartment complexes, " External link

business-standard Friday, February 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "These housing projects are likely to benefit about 2 million people, " External link

business-standard Friday, February 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : “The local bodies should join the State government in this effort. The panchayats should utilise the labour force under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for removing silt from canals. Coir geotextiles should be laid to protect its banks,” External link

Hindu Monday, February 24, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about State Finance ) : “Development projects worth ₹50,000 crore including roads, hospitals, and schools have been constructed in the State utilising KIIFB funds,” External link

Hindu Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Starting new factories will help to achieve self-sufficiency in the coir sector. Already, companies such as Reliance and IKEA have signed agreements with us for procuring coir products,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We wanted to do something different and the abandoned pushcart was the first thing that came to mind,” External link

timesofindia Monday, February 17, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The work towards declaring the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation as ‘clean’ on August 15 this year is progressing. This will be the year in which a process which we began in 2012 will finally become a success,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "Just as in the case of Nipah, Kerala has won battle with Coronavirus. All the 3 patients identified have been confirmed by Central authorities to have fully recovered. No case of secondary spread. The number under quarantine observation drastically coming down" External link

newindianexpress Friday, February 14, 2020 10:39:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Arun Jaitley ) : “We have started reaching out to other state governments. If Centre is firm on going back on its assurance given to the GST council of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, we would challenge it in Supreme Court,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It’s unfortunate that the capital did not receive its due in this budget. I appeal to ministers not to announce new package for the capital as he did last time when the neglect towards Idukki was raised in the house during previous budget discussions,” External link

timesofindia Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:26:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The average cost of one kilo litre of water is Rs 23.72, but the average price of water is Rs 9.50. A fundamental restructuring is inevitable to bridge this gap,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The average cost of one kilo litre of water is Rs 23.72, but the average price of water is Rs 9.50. A fundamental restructuring is inevitable to bridge this gap,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “DA arrears will be disbursed in a phased manner in the next financial year. The practice of government directly paying house building advance for government employees will be brought back,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The turnover of Kerala State Lottery in 2015-16 was Rs 5,445 crore. This will be raised to Rs 12,000 crore in 2019-20. The target for 2020-21 is Rs 15,000 crore,” External link

newindianexpress Saturday, February 8, 2020 5:18:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “17,614 new posts were created during this government’s tenure. It was sanctioned after intense deliberations and detailed examination. However, government aided schools created 18,119 posts without following these procedures. 13,255 teachers continue to be in the protected category. With the implementation of Right to Education Act, the teacher-student ratio was reduced from 45 students to 30 per teacher in lower primary schools and to 35 students in upper primary schools. It was interpreted that even if there is one student above this ratio, new posts could be created. At the sub-district-level if the AEO approved, posts were created. Many complaints were received on creation of such posts and they will have to be necessarily examined. The situation of creating a new post even if the student ratio exceeds by even one student will have to change. New posts should be created only with concurrence of the government. KER will be amended accordingly,” External link

timesofindia Saturday, February 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Conservation activities of heritage mansions constructed in the 19th century including churches/mosques/temples/ educational-health-commercial institutions etc will be completed. When these activities along with canal renovation works aided by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board are completed, Alappuzha will get a rebirth as a heritage city,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A massive scheme with the financial assistance of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) will be implemented to draw sludge and sediment from the backwaters and canals. It will be utilised for widening the outer bunds and to strengthen them with suitable methodologies,” External link

thehindu Friday, February 7, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : "The message is, yes, we remember that Mahatma was murdered. Murdered by Hindu communalists who are today revered by the ruling party and the central government. We just want to say that we will remember it, people will not forget it," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "These are very different times that we live in. For the centre, NRC is the greatest and the most urgent reform that needs to be implemented. It is a divisive attempt to mobilize population on communal lines. This has to be countered at every level," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Agitations are rising up everywhere in the country against the CAA that undermines the very essence of the Constitution. We are passing through a period of the biggest agitation in the history of independent India. Students, youth and women are at the forefront of this struggle,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Agitations are rising up everywhere in the country against the CAA that undermines the very essence of the Constitution. We are passing through a period of the biggest agitation in the history of independent India. Students, youth and women are at the forefront of this struggle,” External link

Hindu Friday, February 7, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The expected gain in GST collection has not been materialised....recession has also adversely affected tax collection. It is expected that there will be a shortfall of Rs 10,113 crore in the anticipated tax income of this year," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 4:29:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : “This is important at a time when history is being re-written,” External link

asianage Friday, February 7, 2020 4:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “We want to remind, we are telling we remember it, we will not forget it,” External link

financialexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac asserted : “This is important at the times when history is being re-written. There is an attempt to erase some popular memories and use the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to divide the population on communal lines. Kerala will stand united,” External link

india Friday, February 7, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said ( about Mahatma Gandhi ) : "Definitely, it is a political statement. It is a painting by a Malayalam artist of Mahatma Gandhi's murder scene. We are sending out a message that we will not forget who murdered Gandhi" External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "This is important at the times when history is being re-written. There is an attempt to erase some popular memories and use the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to divide the population on communal lines. Kerala will stand united," External link

news-yahoo-in Friday, February 7, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

news18 Friday, February 7, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended,” External link

financialexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "even the imagination of our children is now filled with fear" External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended," External link

business-standard Friday, February 7, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The government proposes Kochi development plan with a fund of Rs 6,000 crore. The city will get an unified travel card and Metro project will be extended," External link

newindianexpress Friday, February 7, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac told : "Kerala has suffered. Our tax share was Rs 17,800 crore last year and now it will be only Rs 15,000 crore, it is an absolute decline to the devolution to the state. Whatever apprehensions we had earlier about the Budget have now been realised in practice," External link

business-standard Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "The Budget of 2020-21 will be a repeat of the failure of the budget of 2019-20. Clearly, the Finance Minister has not learned lessons from the past years' experience. Within four months of the presentation of the last budget, it had to be amended by three mini-budgets," "The corporate tax revenue has seen a sharp decline and the further deductions given to companies in this budget will impact the collection in the coming year," External link

business-standard Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:16:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The Union finance minister failed to feel the vibes of an economic recession around the corner when she presented her budget for 2019-20. Here she committed the same mistakes again and overlooked the economic slowdown staring at the country. The budgetary provision to Kerala has been whittled down from the existing 2.5% to 1.9%. This is something unexpected and unacceptable. While the allocation to the state was Rs 17,872 crore in the last budget, it has been reduced to Rs 15,236 crore this time,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “A shortage of around Rs 5,000 crore in the allocation, compared to our expectations is bound to have its impact. We will have to explore out of the box solutions to fund the programmes and schemes being readied as part of our next budget,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government is not yet willing to come into terms with the plain fact that it's the deterioration of buying capacity of people that debilitate the economy. But, the Union government tries to save the economy by doling out more and more freebies to the corporates,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:14:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State has been neglected and the Union Budget is disappointing. The share of Central tax that was ₹17,872 crore in 2019-20 has been reduced to ₹15,236 crore as Kerala’s share has been reduced from 2.5% to 1.9% based on the 15th Finance Commission report. We were expecting a share of ₹20,000 crore,” External link

thehindu Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:17:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State has been neglected and the Union Budget is disappointing. The share of Central tax that was ₹17,872 crore in 2019-20 has been reduced to ₹15,236 crore as Kerala’s share has been reduced from 2.5% to 1.9% based on the 15th Finance Commission report. We were expecting a share of ₹20,000 crore,” External link

Hindu Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It will be counterproductive in a state like Kerala where assembly unanimously has adopted a resolution against the NPR, and to have it along with the census" External link

timesofindia Monday, January 20, 2020 6:54:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "It will be counterproductive in a state like Kerala where assembly unanimously has adopted a resolution against the NPR, and to have it along with the census" External link

business-standard Monday, January 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac wrote ( about Narendra Modi ) : "I am not surprised by the slogans raised by the BJP workers in Kuttiyadi. It is the Islamophobia that has seeped into the blood of Narendra Modi and a common BJP supporter that was on display there. How long can they camouflage this? On the one hand, BJP is holding door-to-door campaigns and public rallies in the name of comforting Muslims, on the other they issue threats to Muslims asking them if they remember Gujarat," External link

news-yahoo-in Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "In the last quarter, our borrowing limit was Rs 10,023 crore, but yesterday the centre gave us the permission only for for Rs 1,900 crore," External link

business-standard Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "In the last quarter, our borrowing limit was Rs 10,023 crore, but yesterday the centre gave us the permission only for for Rs 1,900 crore," External link

news18 Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The flawed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), mainly without an effective tax administration mechanism, has rattled the expectations for raising income. An enforcement system to check the revenue leak is still not in place. Unlike manufacturing States like Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala is only a consumer State and the revenue leak is high. An all-out bid will be made for mopping up the tax revenue after scrutinising the GST returns filed in December and also Value Added Tax arrears. This will have a cushioning effect on the State’s finances,” External link

thehindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It has become so integral to the State’s development and no government in future would be able to relinquish it. The functioning of KIIFB, KSFE, KFC and the Kerala Bank have all won accolades for the government and it will be thrust areas,” External link

thehindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “The flawed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), mainly without an effective tax administration mechanism, has rattled the expectations for raising income. An enforcement system to check the revenue leak is still not in place. Unlike manufacturing States like Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala is only a consumer State and the revenue leak is high. An all-out bid will be made for mopping up the tax revenue after scrutinising the GST returns filed in December and also Value Added Tax arrears. This will have a cushioning effect on the State’s finances,” External link

Hindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac says : “It has become so integral to the State’s development and no government in future would be able to relinquish it. The functioning of KIIFB, KSFE, KFC and the Kerala Bank have all won accolades for the government and it will be thrust areas,” External link

Hindu Sunday, January 5, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Kerala may not require compensation cess at all if it is permitted to have real-time access to annual returns and e-way bills, so that tax evasion could be curbed,” External link

HindustanTimes Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The government has earmarked funds for the implementation of the hunger-free Kerala project. We have already launched it on a pilot basis in a few places in the district. We will be extending it to the rest of the district,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Cutting across political divide State FMs demand raising fiscal deficit, larger central allocation for programs Ayushman Bharat, social pensions and MGNREGS, support to farmers, interest subvention to SHGs and streamlining of central devolution to avoid ways and means crisis” External link

financialexpress Thursday, December 19, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Total expenditure of the government increased by 16% in its first three years. It should be noted that the same was less than 15% during UDF regime. Several infrastructure development programmes worth Rs 45,000 crore, funded by KIIFB, are in various stages of implementation. The total capital investment made by three previous governments together would only be around Rs 40,000 crore. The white paper said that capital investment from state budget would come around Rs 35,000 crore. KIIFB funding is in addition to that,” External link

timesofindia Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:35:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Despite our progress in the field of health care, we have been witnessing a spurt in lifestyle diseases. Likewise, despite ensuring universal education, the State is in dire need of steps to meet global standards of education,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:28:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : "If the 18 per cent slab can go up to 22 per cent or to 25 per cent, it means an additional mop up of Rs 13,000 crore per month," External link

asianage Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:20:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “Raise the upper slab, if needed. The 18 per cent slab can go up to 22 per cent or to 25 per cent,” External link

business-standard Wednesday, December 11, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “The Union transport ministry wants 40,000 tonnes of geotextiles annually, which we cannot supply in entirety at present. Such is the demand for coir geotextiles. A decision has already been made to use coir geotextiles in the construction of roads under the Public Works Department. If we can produce enough coir geotextiles, we will be able to secure the future of the industry,” External link

thehindu Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:03:00 AM EAT

Thomas Isaac added : “The Union transport ministry wants 40,000 tonnes of geotextiles annually, which we cannot supply in entirety at present. Such is the demand for coir geotextiles. A decision has already been made to use coir geotextiles in the construction of roads under the Public Works Department. If we can produce enough coir geotextiles, we will be able to secure the future of the industry,” External link

Hindu Friday, December 6, 2019 11:20:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “The State finance ministers recently raised the issue with the Union Finance Minister, but the Centre is not even ready to tell when they will release the pending GST compensation to the States. The State is not ready to compromise on the issue. The Centre should clear the dues immediately,” External link

Hindu Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:18:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was a needless pressure tactic, as the State has always taken a positive attitude to the film industry in this regard. None of the film bodies protested when the GST was fixed as 18% and 28%. Still, the State government took a stand in the GST Council that this should be reduced, based on which such a decision was taken. Unlike States such as Tamil Nadu, the Kerala government did away with the entire entertainment tax when the GST was first imposed. Only when the GST rate was reduced did the government decide to let the local bodies collect entertainment tax,” External link

thehindu Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Thomas Isaac said : “It was a needless pressure tactic, as the State has always taken a positive attitude to the film industry in this regard. None of the film bodies protested when the GST was fixed as 18% and 28%. Still, the State government took a stand in the GST Council that this should be reduced, based on which such a decision was taken. Unlike States such as Tamil Nadu, the Kerala government did away with the entire entertainment tax when the GST was first imposed. Only when the GST rate was reduced did the government decide to let the local bodies collect entertainment tax,” External link

Hindu Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:57:00 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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