Organised campaign to malign govt over alleged backdoor appointments: MB Rajesh

MB Rajesh | Screenshot: YouTube/Sabha TV

Thiruvananthapuram: Local self-government minister MB Rajesh on Monday said in the Kerala Assembly that there has been an organised campaign against the state government alleging it has betrayed job seekers in the state. He was responding to the adjournment motion on the controversy surrounding the alleged letter of mayor Arya Rajendran to the CPM district secretary. The letter sought names of party members to fill the vacancies.

Rajesh added that the attempt to malign the government over recruitments started during the period of the first Pinarayi Vijayan government.

He dismissed allegations against Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation stating that Arya had clarified the letter was fake. The department intervened immediately and transferred the appointments to the Employment Exchange. The whole controversy is about a letter that was never written, said the minister.

All appointments, including contractual ones, are made in accordance with the rules and regulations. Irregularities, if any, will be found in the auditing or vigilance probe, said the minister.

Rajesh said that as many as 1.6 lakh appointments were made during the first Pinarayi government via PSC. In the past year, 37,840 people received job offers from PSC. This itself nullifies the allegations of backdoor appointments.

Meanwhile, opposition leader VD Satheesan asked how the minister could call the letter fake when the probe was underway.

Based on the response of the minister to the motion, the speaker denied permission.

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