Antony’s criticism of UDF government
Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister A.K. Antony’s criticism of the performance of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government in the State will be considered seriously and appropriate measures taken to rectify the slips, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has said.
Speaking to presspersons after inaugurating a district convention of the Janasree Sustainable Development Mission here on Friday, Mr. Chennithala said, “Mr. Antony is the most respected and senior leader of the party and his observations will be treated with that importance.” The KPCC chief reiterated that the Congress-led UDF would certainly think of corrective measures in the required area.
On Wednesday, Mr. Antony had come down heavily on the State government for its ‘failures’ to initiate proposals for more investments in the defence sector in the last 18 months when the UDF was in power.
Creating a political storm, he had praised former Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and former Industries Minister Elamaram Karim for their ‘unconditional support’ to several defence projects he had initiated for the State during their tenure. The Defence Minister had stated that he had no courage to bring projects to Kerala because of several roadblocks.
Mr. Chennithala said the Janasree mission deserves all possible financial support from the Union and State governments like any other non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the country to realise its goals.
He said the role being played by various NGOs in national development and the success of various government schemes could never be overlooked. “If their projects are worthy of note, there is no fault in extending them funds,” he said.
Mr. Chennithala pointed out that organisations such as the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad and Community Development Societies got Central aid for the implementation of several projects. “It would not be fair if the Janasree mission alone is denied it,” he observed.
Reiterating his stance that Janasree is not a feeder organisation of the Congress party, Mr. Chennithala said the NGO was formed with a mission to catering to the needs of the underprivileged segment. “Attempts to disfigure such a movement and insult its office-bearers should be identified and exposed,” he said.
Delivering the keynote address, Janasree mission chairman M.M. Hassan said criticisms had only strengthened the movement since its inception. “Especially, the anti-Janasree campaign being spearheaded by Left parties has resulted in popularising our activities at grass-roots level,” he said.
N. Subrahmanyan, district chairman of the mission, presided. M.K. Raghavan, MP, and District Congress Committee president K.C. Abu were present.