Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Oommen Chandy said that the government decided not to regularise the temporary staff as they were left with no option following the intense protest staged by the youngsters in Kerala.
“The government stopped regularisation for now, but has promised the temporary staff that the process will be continued if they came to power again. The government is not even willing to hold discussion with the protesters as they fear questions of the job candidates. But they are answerable for these actions,” Oommen Chandy said.
“When I visited the PSC rank holders, they touched my feet while requesting help. The chief minister reacted to this that it should have been the other way, me touching the feet of candidates. I would not say the same thing about him. But he should verify whether the statistics he furnished regarding appointments are correct,” he added.
The government cancelled 147 rank lists without alternate lists. They did not extend the validity of rank list. Vacancies were reported in 49 lists. 850 people were not appointed. The CM should answer why they cancelled the rank lists without preparing fresh lists. UDF had never cancelled a single rank list without preparing an alternate list, he stated.
If Last Grade rank list is extended and vacancies are reported, they will end their protest. The candidates in CPO rank list have approached the court against cancelling the list. If the government supported them, the protest will end. The sports stars also will end protest if new posts are created for them. The government should hold discussions with the protesting candidates and listen to their problems, Oommen Chandy said.
The youngsters have lost their trust in the government, Oommen Chandy added while addressing the gathering at the protest venue where K S Sabarinathan and Shafi Parambil MLA are staging hunger strike.