Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi/Ridhin Damu
Kozhikode: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan criticised prime minister Narendra Modi for his recent comments about Kerala. He also slammed the union government for "neglecting Kerala."
Pinarayi argued that Modi's statements at a political event in Kochi were unrealistic and belittled Kerala. He highlighted that while Modi praised Kerala as a model state at a government programme (in Thiruvananthapuram), he made unfactual statements about the state's job market at a political event (in Kochi).
Pinarayi refuted Modi's claim that Kerala does not provide jobs for youths, pointing out that the state has significantly reduced its unemployment rate from 12 per cent in 2016 to 5 per cent currently. Additionally, Kerala has devised special projects to further reduce unemployment, and it has provided 7 lakh jobs through the state Public Service Commission, which is higher than recruitment through the Union Public Service Commission and the Staff Selection Commission. More than 10 lakh posts are vacant in union government institutions, he said.
Pinarayi also criticised the union government for neglecting Kerala, stating that only two trains were given to the state in nine years. None of the 157 new nursing colleges were given to the state, he said.
Pinarayi also addressed the issues surrounding the implementation of AI traffic cameras. He stated that the government would discuss with union ministries to see if any relaxation could be given to the law regarding two-wheelers. Motorists have been demanding that children should not be counted as pillion riders as motorbikes are a popular mode of transport for the middle and lower-middle classes. Pinarayi also criticised the BJP and Congress for creating a "smokescreen" about the AI camera project, alleging that they were trying to topple the project, which could improve road traffic situations.