Says the front will be able to overcome the challenge
The row over inducting the fifth Indian Union Muslim League Minister in the Cabinet has not taken the shine off the election victory of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in Piravom, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob has said.
He was addressing a meet-the-press organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists Trust just before assuming office here on Monday.
Mr. Jacob said the UDF machinery was strong enough to tackle such issues. The controversy had not overshadowed his victory in Piravom.
As a debutant in the Cabinet, he did not feel intimidated. For, he was already active in politics and was confident of governing the portfolios allocated to him.
He said the charge that his swearing-in was delayed was baseless. The UDF leadership had honoured its commitment.
Mr. Jacob said the thrust of his governance would be on transparency and efficiency. Ration shops would be made more user-friendly.
Steps would be taken to tone up the administration of the Civil Supplies and Registration departments.
Kerosene through PDS
He had taken the initiative to provide at least 500 ml kerosene to all ration card-holders. The UDF policy was to provide rice at Rs.1 a kg to more beneficiaries.
On the recent mass transfer in the Registration Department, Mr. Jacob said he would look into all complaints and redress the grievances.
Mr. Jacob later left for the Government Secretariat and took charge by 11.30 p.m.