The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to relax austerity measures in respect of deputation of government servants to public sector undertakings and local self-governments.

The stipulation that the post in parent department will not be filled on deputation stands withdrawn. Deputation will be permitted only to posts sanctioned initially in local self-governments and public sector undertakings. The staff on deputation will have to be returned to their parent departments upon their promotion. The period of deputation will be extended only with consent of the parent department.

Though public sector undertakings and local self-governments are permitted to appoint professionals, appointments should be done only with prior permission of the government.

Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said the restrictions on deputations were modified following talks with employees’ unions who had made a representation to the government seeking changes.

Replying to questions, the Chief Minister said the report that Additional Director General of Police T.P. Senkumar had misrepresented his caste for getting IPS selection was wrong. He was an Ezhava and this was recorded in his SSLC book. However, he got selected [to the IPS] in the general category. The government would not countenance propaganda to demoralise officials.

Mr. Chandy said that the government was against incarceration of PDP leader Abdul Nasir Maudani without trial. However, he was not going into the merits of the case as it was sub judice in another State. The government would decide on its stand on his bail petition before the Supreme Court later, now that the State had been made a party to the case, Mr. Chandy said.

There was no cause for concern regarding Maoist activities in the State. However, reports about their presence in the State could not be taken lightly, he added.

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