Staff Reporter

Association for development-oriented civil services

KOZHIKODE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate a public meeting on June 12 being organised in connection with the State conference of the Kerala Gazetted Officers Association (KGOA) here from June 10 to 12.

The conference to be held at Tagore Centenary Hall here will be attended by 800 delegates from across the State. K.N. Ravindrannath, State president, CITU, will inaugurate the delegates' conference at 4 p.m. on June 10.

Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem will inaugurate the trade union conference at 11 a.m. on June 11. Leaders of various service organisations will address the conference. Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran will inaugurate the cultural conference at 4 p.m.

A seminar on `Kerala development perspective and role of civil services' will be held on June 12. LDF convener Vaikom Viswam will inaugurate the seminar. Alphons Kannanthanam, MLA, will also speak on the occasion.

Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammedkutty will inaugurate the send-off meeting in the evening, KGOA State president K.N. Mohanan and general secretary K.Sivakumar told reporters here on Friday.

The conference would try to evolve a policy to make the civil services in the State more development-oriented, besides strengthening the ongoing agitations against globalisation, they said.

Development was the main topic of debate these days as it was in the last five years of the UDF rule.

But the development in that period had ignored the majority of people. The development at that time was confined to an elite group. Only a development encompassing all spheres would help the State.

The KGOA wants the Government to take the initiative in development and not remain a mere facilitator, they said. It would take a lead role in increasing the non-tax revenue and in arresting erosion of tax revenue.

The organisation was putting forward the concepts of `citizen cards' which would cut down on the number of offices that the public have to frequent to get their work done from the Government.