Antony Raju, K Radhakrishnan | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala ministers struck up a good rapport while attending a switch-on ceremony of a movie produced by Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC). Minister K Radhakrishnan said that although many mocked him when he was appointed the Minister of Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes, he took up the responsibility with pride.
Minister Antony Raju in reply to this, jokingly said that he is willing to exchange departments if Radhakrishnan is up for it. To which, Minister Saji Cheriyan said that Antony Raju is trying to escape from the ongoing issues raised by KSRTC. The people on the dais and the audience burst into peals of laughter when minister Radhakrishnan said that he is not willing to be trapped that way.
The ministers were attending the switch-on ceremony of the movie ‘Arik’ directed and written by journalist VS Sanoj that was held at Kalabhavan theatre. The second movie is ‘Pirathy’ directed by Arun J Mohan. KSFDC is producing both movies at an expense of around Rs 1 crore each.
Minister Saji Cheriyan said that matters including providing monetary help for people belonging to the transgender community will be considered starting next year.
KSFDC Chairman Shaji N Karun, Managing Director N Maya, Bhagyalakshmi, Director of Department of Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes T V Anupama and jury member Dr Biju and VS Sanoj also took part in the ceremony.