Centre does not follow Kerala Govt style, says V Muraleedharan


The Chief Minister had said the other day that V Muraleedharan does not know about the many of the decisions taken by the Central government regarding the return of the expats.

New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said that the centre does not follow the Kerala government’s style of functioning where the Chief Minister takes all the decision without consulting the minister of the respective departments. He also added that the state government should be committed towards the NRIs.

The Chief Minister had said the other day that V Muraleedharan does not know about many of the decisions taken by the Central government regarding the return of the expats. The Chief Minister was responding to V Muraleedharan’s earlier statement that more flight services will be approved for Gulf region if the CM asks for it.

Muraleedharan responded that it was the ministers concerned with respective departments who are taking these decisions. He also asked why did the state government cut short the stipulated 14 day quarantine period to seven days if they had prepared 1,35,000 rooms.

It was done so because of the lack of preparation from the state government. The central government is ready to bring more flight services to Kerala. However, those who return should not be left without any place to go. It is clear that the government facilities are not adequate enough. The centre is ready to arrange for more flights if the state prepares adequate quarantine facilities of the expats.

V Muraleedharan also said that instead of writing directly to the Prime Minister, the CM should try to find out about the decisions taken by the officers concerned. Muraleedharan reiterated that the state should arrange for quarantine facilities adhering to the guidelines of the centre.

He also said that this is not a time to play political games, adding the foreign returnees should not be blocked at the airport like the way people coming from other states are halted at Walayar.

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