Hyderabad, Jun 26 (PTI) The Kerala government is investing about Rs 50,000 crore on infrastructure projects this year to enhance job opportunities for the youth, state Finance Minister Thomas Issac said here today. Also Read - Kerala Govt Decides to Bring Out Ordinance to Withdraw Amendment to Kerala Police Act

Noting that about 40 per cent of the investment has already been declared, he said the proposed investment is huge for a small state like Kerala. Also Read - Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Puts Controversial State Police Act Amendment on Hold

“I don’t go into how we are financing. It’s going to take place. It will change Kerala’s profile,” Issac, who was speaking at a seminar on urbanisation organised by a Left-affiliated outfit, said. Also Read - Kerala Police Act Amendment Against Freedom of Speech, Says Opposition; CM Defends Move

Observing that Kerala is moving towards a “stationary population growth” (without substantial rise), he said the state has provided around 15 lakh houses and that another six lakh houses would be built as part of universal housing.

All the class rooms (about 40,000) in the state are going to be digitalised to provide best education to the poor, he said.

The state government is also making huge investment in healthcare, he said.

The state government is making the Centre’s health insurance scheme RSBY universal by paying premium and the beneficiaries would get free treatment for various life style diseases, Issac added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.