The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has denied reports that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has discarded the petitions received by him during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently. An official release issued by the office on Thursday said the Chief Minister had received 427 memoranda during his visit to Sharjah on April 11 on invitation from the Sharjah Indian Association.
Of these, 102 memoranda had been brought by personal assistant P. Sivadas, who accompanied Mr. Chandy, to Thiruvanthapuram on April 14 itself.
The remaining 325 memoranda were entrusted to the Sharjah Indian Association for registration so that follow-up action could be communicated to the petitioners. Member of the Pravasi Welfare Board M.G. Pushapakaran was asked to bring the memoranda to Thiruvananthapuram after registration. He would hand over the memoranda to the CMO during his visit to attend a meeting of the welfare board here on April 19. The release said there was no basis for news reports that the memoranda, weighing 20 kg, had been left in the UAE because of baggage restrictions on the airlines. What was done was to make arrangements for registration and follow up on the petitions.