‘The issue is not contributory pension scheme but politics’

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has stressed the importance of evolving resistance by the civil society against the ongoing strike by the Left service organizations. He was speaking to media persons here on Friday evening.

When asked about the deteriorating law and order situation on account of the strike, Mr. Radhakrishnan said, it is not the police alone who were witnessing the happenings during the strike. The society is watching it, he said.

Making it clear that he was not making a call to the people, Mr .Radhakrishnan said time has come for the people to awake to the real reason behind the strike.

The Home Minister said that barring Kannur, all other districts registered increasing attendance in government offices.

In Kannur, only 69.01 per cent of the government employees attended office on Friday. This was 2.50 per cent lower than the attendance registered on Thursday, he said. Idukki had the highest rate of attendance at 83.44 per cent.

The Minister said as per official statistics received, the State average in attendance was 74.31 per cent, up from 62.10 on January 8, when the indefinite strike began. He also pointed to the disturbing trend in increasing violent incidents perpetrated by the agitators. At a time when the entire nation had risen against atrocities against women and children, the agitators, had, for the second time sprayed cow-itch power (naikuruna podi) at a girls school in Thrissur, he said In another case a lady teacher was attacked in Thrivuananthapuram district, he said listing out more than half-a-dozen cases of violence registered against agitators.

The Home Minister reiterated the allegation that the counterparts of those who have taken up agitation in Kerala, had welcomed the contributory pension scheme, in other States. As such, the issue is not pension scheme, but politics, he said and called upon the Left leaders not to make the government employees pawns in their political game.

  • Barring Kannur, all government offices register increase in attendance

  • Increasing violent incidents being perpetrated by agitators against women