V. D. Satheesan hits out at govt, Thomas Isaac over financial crisis
Thiruvananthapuram: V. D. Satheesan MLA sharply criticised the government and finance minister Thomas Isaac over the financial crisis faced by Kerala.
Satheesan alleged that the finance minister could not say anything without mentioning Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). “There is anarchy in the tax department and the government has no control over its expenses,” he added.
Taking a dig at K. T. Jaleel, the MLA said that the government could not be saved even if the higher education minister himself allocates marks to it.
“Kerala is facing a severe financial crisis due to lack of financial management, lapses in resource collection and wasteful spending. The state is moving towards a situation where financial emergency would have to be declared. However, the finance minister has taken the situation very lightly,” the MLA said.
“Following restrictions imposed on the treasury, bills to the tune of several crores have been blocked. This has affected the overall development activities in the state. Contractors have stopped projects they have undertaken. This is a government that cannot even say how many large scale projects it initiated,” Satheesan said.
“Those who wrote in the budget that lapses by the previous government had led to the state being unable to collect taxes to the tune of Rs 23,000 crore, are yet to collect Rs 30,000 themselves in just three years. The finance minister has revealed that corruption and apathy is worse than before,” the MLA said.
“In 2016, a Kerala’s per capita debt was Rs 48,078. But within three years, finance minister Thomas Isaac has increased it into Rs 72,430,” Satheesan said.