Thiruvananthapuram

KAS becomes a reality on Secretariat anniversary day

Friday’s kick-off of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Secretariat that had witnessed many historic moments since 1869 happened hours after the issue of formal notification for the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) that offers a unique opportunity for youths and existing employees to enter the State civil services.

“KAS has become a reality and the Kerala Public Service Commission has issued the notification an hour ago,” the Chief Minister said inaugurating the anniversary celebrations at the South Sandwich Block of the Secretariat. Mr. Vijayan said the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Secretariat and the issue of the notification for KAS on the same day would become a part of history.

Mahatma’s birth anniversary

The Chief Minister said the 150th anniversary of the nerve centre of administration was being celebrated in the year in which the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of Nation was being observed. A special session of the Kerala Assembly was held on Friday to mark the birth anniversary of the Mahatma.

“Although Gandhiji was born on October 2, 1869, two months after the inauguration of the building, he had referred to the Secretariat building in an article he had written while he was in South Africa. It was referred to as the public office and the information was taken from a book by Barrister G.P. Pillai. When Gandhiji came first to Thiruvananthapuram in 1925, he saw the public building,” he said.

Key decisions

Recalling the importance of the building and its place in the history of the State, the Chief Minister said many crucial decisions that led to the advancement of the State were taken in the Secretariat. The Assembly Building that was constructed later on the Secretariat premises was the platform for the land reform, social welfare and education Bills by successive governments, Mr. Vijayan said.

The Chief Minister stressed the need to strengthen democracy and urged the Secretariat employees to take a pledge to work for the welfare and development of society on this historic occasion.

Minister for Ports and Archaeology Kadannappally Ramachandran, V.S. Sivakumar, MLA, Chief Secretary Tom Jose, and Secretaries Biswanath Sinha and Sarada Muralidharan were present.

Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated an exhibition of photographs depicting historically significant events being organised by the Information and Public Relations Department. Mr. Ramachandran inaugurated an exhibition of archaeology documents.

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