THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Corporate appeasement will soon become the norm in this country as the Central government came to power with their help, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while inaugurating the valedictory function of the 56th State NGO Union meet at Putharikandam ground here on Tuesday. “In the past five years, corporates decided on what needed to be done and what needn’t. Now, a government has come to power with their help. We will have to face serious challenges in the form of corporatization across all sectors. Efforts are on to privatise certain sectors, a move that could destroy service sectors and cause harm to the whole country,” Vijayan said.
He also pointed out that constitutional institutes in the country had also been facing threat due to corporatization. “Democratic values are being sabotaged by some forces. We have a society that upholds secular values. Hence, communal forces should be isolated from it,” he added.
Vijayan also claimed that service sectors in the state had been cooperating well with the LDF government in the past three years. “The LDF government has not made any changes in the working of the service sector. Rather, it has been encouraging the industry,” he added.
He was also keen on projecting the state’s progress in terms of creating a corruption-free system in the service sector. “The state has adopted zero tolerance towards corruption since 2016. Today, the state is one among the least corrupt,” he said. The isolated incidents of corruption too will be curbed soon,” said Pinarayi Vijayan.
He also made it clear that the employees of the service sector should give prior importance to the cases of the common man and destitute. “There should be timely disposal of files in all cases. Serve the poor first. Our government has succeeded in providing one lakh title deeds to the poor,” Vijayan added. CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran echoed the views of the Chief Minister that corporate forces have gained strength now with the BJP-led government coming to power.
“The service sector will have to face challenges. They should bravely overcome the obstacles and fight against undemocratic practices that could destroy the public sector,” Rajendran added. Minister for Ports Ramachandran Kadannappally, KTDC Chairman M Vijayakumar, CITU district president C Jayan Babu, CPM district president Anavoor Nagappan and office bearers of NGO union also spoke at the function.