THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said the LDF Government remained in a state of slumber till the time the fever outbreak reached unmanageable proportions. Inaugurating the Secretariat sit-in organised by the DCC here against the government’s alleged failures and anti-people policies, Chandy said the issue cannot be tackled through mere media blitz and statements.
“The government cannot shirk the responsibility and wash hands of its failure to check the fever epidemic. In every sense,the government is totally indifferent to people’s woes,” he said.
The LDF Government had undermined the previous dispensation’s comprehensive measures for ensuring a marked improvement of the public health system, Chandy said.
“The (then) UDF Government had allocated `25,000 each to all panchayat and municipal wards annually for taking up pre-monsoon cleanliness drive. But no such measure was undertaken this year,” he said.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his government ought to apologise to the people for messing up the fee structure in self-financing(SF) medical colleges, according to Chandy.
“While speaking on the Opposition UDF’s notice for an adjournment motion on SFC fee,the Chief Minister had strongly denied the charge of favouring managements,” he said.
Besides, he took the LDF Government to task on a plethora of issues like skyrocketing prices of essential items, slashing of kerosene subsidy for indigent fishers and GST hike on hotel food. At the same time, it was showering blessings on bar owners, Chandy said.
He flayed the police action against KSU protesters saying it reflected the government’s repressive mentality.DCC president Neyyattinkara Sanal presided. KPCC general secretaries, Thampanoor Ravi and T Saratchandra Prasad; former MLAs, Varkala Kahar and M A Wahid, and others took part.