Pinarai corrects Balan

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan asserted in the Assembly on Tuesday that appointments to government service could be made only by following established procedure.

The Chief Minister intervened to correct Minister A. K. Balan who said that temporary appointments could be given to tribals with educational qualifications and later confirmed with approval of PSC.

When the Chief Minister pointed out that the appointments could be done only through PSC, Mr. Balan said that what he was proposing was contract appointments.

Government to bring new industrial policy, mining to be under public sector

Chief Minister Pinarai VijayanKerala government proposes to bring a new industrial policy, to simplify procedures for starting new industries and bring all important mining operations under the public sector.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced these while replying to the debate on the demand for grants for Industries in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Government will act strongly against goons: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan responding to notice of adjournment motion on TuesdayChief Minister Pinarai Vijayan said here on Tuesday that the government viewed the operation of goondas and quotation gangs in the State very seriously.

Responding to a notice for moving an adjournment motion from P. T. Thomas (Congress) to discuss growing threats from nexus among goondas, politicians and police officials, said that the government would be dealing strongly with goondas. However, there was no evidence about goonda-police nexus.

New abkari policy to be announced in February: Minister

Minister fr Excise and Labour T. P. Ramakrishnan replying to demands for grants in Assembly on MondayThe government will announce its new abkari policy in February after discussions in the Left Democratic Front, Excise Minister T. P. Ramakrishnan told the Assembly on Monday.

The policy would take into account the setbacks suffered by the tourism industry as a result of the present policy, the Minister said while replying to the debate on the demands for grants for Excise, Labour, Labour Welfare and Welfare of Non-residents.

Complaint of Vigilance Director about phone tapping will be probed: CM

CM Pinarai Vijayan responding to Adjournment motion on MondayThiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the Assembly on Monday that the crime branch would enquire into the complaint of Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau Jacob Thomas that his phone and email had been intercepted.

Responding to notice for an adjournment motion given by Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Congress), the Chief Minister said that Director General of Police was the appropriate authority to conduct the enquiry whether interception was done by police or those outside the force.  Mr. Thomas’ compliant was based on a press report.


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