Pinarayi Vijayan to lead delegation to Japan, South Korea amid opposition protest
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is leading a delegation of two state ministers, bureaucrats and others for a 13-day trip to Japan and South Korea.
The visit is aimed at scouting for investments into Kerala and for seeing the latest developments in those countries, which can be replicated in the state. The delegation will leave on Friday and return on December 4.
Minister for Transport A. K. Saseendran and Minister for Industries E. P. Jayarajan are the two ministers accompanying Pinarayi Vijayan. The delegation also includes planning commission vice president V. K Premachandran and the chief secretary Tom Jose.
The CM’s foreign trip amid financial crisis faced by the state has invited criticism from the opposition. Since assuming office, Pinarayi Vijayan has so far travelled to the Middle East, Europe and US.
His latest visit has come under criticism from the opposition as the state is passing through one of its worst ever financial crisis with mounting public debt and very poor resource mobilisation. The opposition even questioned the positive outcomes of his earlier foreign trips.
The assembly session that ended on Thursday saw the opposition strongly attacking the government's mismanagement of state finances by economist-turned Finance Minister Thomas Issac.
(With inputs from IANS)