Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and ministers at the first cabinet meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. (Photo: A.V. MUZAFAR)
Thiruvananthapuram: In its first decision soon after taking office, the LDF Government headed by Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday decided to constitute a special investigation team headed by ADGP B Sandhya to probe the dalit law student Jisha’s brutal murder at Perambavoor.
The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held a couple of hours after the new government was sworn in. "There are serious lapses in Jisha murder case probe. Unusual developments have taken place right from the time of preparation of mahasar to cremation of her body. The people of the state are not satisfied with the probe that has been conducted so far," the chief minister told media persons while briefing Cabinet decisions.
He said Cabinet decided to take all steps for the rehabilitation of Jisha's family including construction of their house in a time bound manner. Collector will directly supervise the construction activities and government job would be given to Jisha's sister at the earliest. Since it would not be possible for Jisha’s mother to continue with her work as a domestic help, the Cabinet decided to grant her a monthly pension of Rs 5000.
Pinarayi said the youth organisations have complained about the undeclared recruitment ban in the state. In view of the concerns expressed by them, the Cabinet has directed all department to report vacancies within 10 days. The chief ministers will monitor the progress of the departments reporting vacancies on a daily basis. The departments which do not have the PSC list should report the status.
The chief minister said all controversial decisions taken by the previous UDF Government since January 1, would be examined. A Cabinet sub committee headed by A K Balan will look into the illegal decisions and the violation of set procedures.
He said the functioning of civil supplies department will be streamlined to check corruption and inefficiency in procurement and supply of commodities. He said Rs 75 crore had been set aside for strengthening public distribution system and the amount would be doubled .
Pinarayi said welfare pension would be increased to Rs 1000 and steps would be taken to ensure timely disbursement. He said the government was committed to ensure welfare pensions reach the beneficiaries at their doorsteps. The chief secretary has been directed to explore the methods for disbursement.
He said a high level meting will be held on May 27 to review the pre monsoon cleanliness, disease prevention and control activities. The practice of lining up women and children for ceremonial reception to ministers would be avoided.
Pinaryi will undertake his first visit to Delhi as chief minister on May 28 to call on President, Vice president and Prime Minister. He will also meet union finance minster and minster in charge of centre state relations.