Staff Reporter

Challenges Isaac to complete KSTP probe

Blames government for low spending

of Plan funds

Sees strong public opinion against government

KOCHI: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said here on Saturday that the Left Democratic Front government was trying to cover up its failure in governance by putting the blame on officials.

He was speaking to presspersons after inaugurating the 22nd State meeting of the Kerala Gazetted Officers’ Union.

Mr. Chandy alleged that the government was targeting government employees belonging to Opposition organisations by transferring them, even disregarding humanitarian considerations.

He said the government had failed to implement some of the pay revision proposals which the previous United Democratic Front government had announced but could not introduce as the Assembly elections had been announced by then. He said it had put up all possible hurdles in the implementation of one rank, one pension recommended by that government.

He blamed the government for below par utilisation of Plan allocation. By placing complex conditions, the government had prevented approval of Plan projects.

He said there were differences of opinion among the Chief Minister, the Finance Minister and the Planning Board. This was the reason why the Board had met only three times during the last 18 months, of which the Chief Minister chaired only two.

He said the implementation of Centrally aided projects went awry owing to the absence of proper monitoring.

Part of the blame should go to the Ministers.

M.C. Road work

Mr. Chandy said the government’s obsession with putting the previous government in the dock in the name of corruption had affected the work on Main Central Road under the Kerala State Transportation Project (KSTP), leading to a loss of Rs. 120 crore.

He challenged Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac to complete the Vigilance investigation into the project and prove the corruption charges.

He said the government had delayed taking the Asian Development Bank loan and had not utilised tsunami funds. It had failed to ensure infrastructure for Sabarimala pilgrims, as a result of which a serious situation prevailed there. Ten pilgrims had already died, because of a lack of enough doctors and proper medical facilities.

Mr. Chandy said that a strong public opinion was brewing against the government, which was giving up the achievements made by the State in health, education and other sectors.

K.V. Thomas, K. Babu and V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, MLAs; and District Congress Committee president V.J. Paulose spoke at the union meeting. KPCC general secretary M.I. Shanavas inaugurated a delegates’ meeting and K.L. Mohanavarma, writer, inaugurated a cultural meeting.