Keep off police postings, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan tells cadre

Pinarayi criticised for lapses in handling Ockhi disaster, Chandy row at CPM Kollam district meet.

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned party workers against interfering in the postings and transfers of police personnel.

Inaugurating the delegate session of the CPM Kollam district conference, the Chief Minister said that leaders from local committees to state committee were calling up with requests for transfers and postings of police officers. This practice would not be entertained, he warned.

A section of delegates pointed out that police personnel were misusing the freedom given by the LDF Government. They demanded that errant police officers should be taken to task to send the right message to people.

The delegates pointed out the lapses of the government and Chief Minister in handling the Ockhi cyclone disaster. The criticism was made in the presence of the Chief Minister and fisheries minister J Mercy Kutty Amma.

Delegates felt that the delay in the Chief Minister’s visit to coastal areas had given an impression that the government was not concerned about the plight of the affected fishermen. He should have visited the affected coastal areas immediately after the tragedy and consoled the families of the victims, they said.

A section of delegates also expressed concern over the handling of the Thomas Chandy issue. Despite serious allegations of encroachment of land, reclamation of paddy field and lake, the NCP Minister was given a long rope which dented the corruption-free image of the government.

The Collector’s adverse report and the minister’s appeal in court against the government were reasons enough for throwing him out of Cabinet, they said.

However, he was allowed to cling on till the court’s adverse remarks against him. This situation could have been avoided. The government should have shown the promptness that it showed during the case of nepotism against E P Jayarajan, they added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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