Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy has said that the government has failed to keep its promise on clearing the backlog of vacancies as recommended by the Justice Narendran Commission.

When the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government had kept open the issue of filling 11,000-odd backlog vacancies through special recruitment as part of its bold decision to ensure no loss of vacancies reserved for backward communities, the LDF took strong exception to the decision and announced that it would clear the backlog when it came to power, Mr. Chandy said while inaugurating a Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee help desk at the District Congress Committee office here on Saturday.

So far, the LDF had not taken any step even to examine the issue, Mr. Chandy said.

Recommendations of both the Narendran Commission and the Sachar Committee did not offer any undue concession to the backward and minority communities, Mr. Chandy said adding that they only ensured that these communities should get what they deserved.

Refutes charges

Dismissing as baseless the allegations that the social welfare measures of the UPA government for the uplift of minority communities were aimed at drawing electoral dividends, he said that the measures had been implemented in the wake of the realisation that the equal opportunities enshrined in the Constitution had not benefited some communities. He accused the LDF government of moves to subvert the welfare schemes of the UPA government.

The State government had not issued a release on the scholarships for Muslim students introduced by the Centre, Mr. Chandy alleged.

He said that the assault on religious minorities in different parts of the country was an attack on Indian culture that always upheld religious harmony.

KPCC minority department president K.K. Kochumohammad presided. K.C. Joseph, MLA, KPCC general secretary M.K. Raghavan and the former DCC president Sunny Joseph were present.