PM’s 'cherry-picked' interaction with beneficiaries of central schemes irks Kerala

MV Govindan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has expressed its displeasure over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 'cherry-picked interaction' with beneficiaries of central schemes, the latest incident which blemishes state-centre relations and the cooperative federalism between both.

As part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' celebrations, PM on Tuesday had a virtual interaction with a select group of individuals from various districts of the country who are beneficiaries under 13 schemes backed by the union government. Kerala government had invited representatives from all districts and had shortlisted the members who will be given a turn to speak. The event was organized at Ayyankali Hall in Thiruvananthapuram. Both officials and beneficiaries who were shortlisted for the interaction were present. The PM interacted with beneficiaries from many states and even enquired about their personal matters. The beneficiaries from Kerala were waiting for their turn, but the PM broke for his speech. When the speech was over, the virtual interaction was stopped. As a result, no beneficiaries from Kerala, among some other states were given a chance.

Reacting to the happening in, local self-government Minister MV Govindan during his speech at the event expressed his displeasure. He said that he expected that PM will interact with beneficiaries from Kerala.

”I know the reasons behind the avoidance. But I detest from listing it here,” he said. Govindan also explained how Kerala leads among the other states in the implementation of the various central schemes. It is learnt that in the event organized here, the beneficiaries were given a chance to speak about the helpfulness of the scheme.

Meanwhile, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of our people, culture and achievements,

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