Oommen Chandy along with Shafi Parambil and K. S. Sabarinadhan | Photo: S. Sreekesh | Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The government not inviting the protesting PSC rank holders to a conciliation talk showed its arrogance and stubbornness, said former chief minister Oommen Chandy.
“If those holding administrative positions could understand one percent of the pain suffered by the protesting PSC rank holders, they would have held discussions at the Secretariat gate. The allegations raised by Youth Congress are not just the problems of today but that of the future. If the government will have to pay dearly if it fails to consider the matter,” the Congress leader said.
The government is the reason behind the controversy and protests regarding PSC rank lists. The present government would not have been in such a trap had it considered the previous UDF government’s approach towards PSC rank holders. UDF considers each PSC rank list as a list of opportunities while the LDF considers each PSC rank list as a list of liabilities.
The UDF government took the decision to extend the validity of PSC rank list when there wasn’t a substitute list. But the LDF government is waiting to cancel PSC rank lists as soon as they complete 3 years.
The present crisis could have been averted had the LDF government been willing to extend the validity of PSC rank lists. In the absence of a new list, the government has the authority to extend the validity of the present list by one-and-a-half years. The UDF followed this when it was in power, added Oommen Chandy.