Kerala Guv terms ministers' personal staff appointments as 'scam'; says he will examine it

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Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Friday said that granting pensions for those who serve just two years as ministers' personal staff is unjustifiable and termed the appointments as a huge scam. Governor pointed out that the government is wasting public money by making such appointments and alleged that the government is challenging the judiciary.

"Each minister appoints around 25 employees as personal staff. After two years they were asked to resign and were given a life-long pension for their services. This is a scam. However, I can't demand that this practice should end. But, this matter will be discussed at the national level in near future," he said.

The remark from Khan came at a time when the Kerala High Court annulled the appointment of Priya Varghese as an associate professor at Kannur University. Earlier, the Governor also cancelled the appointment of Priya Varghese, citing that she is ineligible.

The appointment of Priya Varghese as an associate professor in Malayalam department of Kannur university triggered a controversy as she is the wife of Chief Minister's secretary KK Ragesh.

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