Ministers interested in foreign travel; HC slams Kerala govt's 'inefficiency'
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday slammed the Pinarayi Vijayan-led state government's way of functioning.
Justice Devan Ramachandran went hammer and tongs at the government in open court while taking up a contempt petition filed by a resident of Irinjalkuda near Thrissur who is yet to get the compensation for his land which was acquired by the state government.
Slamming the bureaucracy, Justice Devan Ramachandran observed that the IAS officials sitting in air-conditioned rooms fail to understand the pulse of the common man. The HC went on to point out that it would have been better had the petitioner been hanged to death.
The HC was considering a contempt of court petition. One year ago, Devan Ramachandran had issued an order directing the government to pay compensation to several employees of Coconut Development Corporation. Even after one year, the government had not implemented the HC order.
Heavily coming down on the state government, the HC asked what was the point of issuing orders if such was the situation. “There is no point in announcing verdicts,” the HC said.
The court also remarked that state ministers are more interested in foreign travel. The HC further asked if the government was captive of a lobby of its own employees.
In connection with the contempt petition, the HC issued an order directing the Chief Secretary to appear before it.
Devan Ramachandran also pointed out that every day the newspapers are coming out with the way the state finances are being managed, adding that the people get a government that they deserve.
Of late, the Congress led opposition has also sharpened its attack of the Vijayan government, especially its extravagance and poor financial management, which has left the state coffers empty.
(With inputs from IANS)