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Government to enact legislation for accountability shortly

Kerala will soon enact a legislation that will hold elected representatives and bureaucracy accountable for  not performing their roles properly, said Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.

Published: 02nd August 2018 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2018 03:09 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac

Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will soon enact a legislation that will hold elected representatives and bureaucracy accountable for not performing their roles properly, said Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.  The minister was speaking at the release of “The RTI Story - Power  to the People,” penned by activist Aruna Roy here on Wednesday.“We will become the first state to enact a comprehensive  Accountability Act. The state is also committed to the  implementation of the RTI. Whatever be the situation in  other parts of the country, we  will do our maximum to preserve and expand the legislation,” he said.

Aruna Roy said the initial euphoria over the RTI was over  and time was up for struggles to preserve it. “Earlier, a huge  movement could stall the  government’s move to amend the  Act. But it is an extremely difficult situation with the present government,” she said.Filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan said that Kerala is witnessing grassroot level corruption where bribe amounts are divided among administrators from top to bottom.

“The people of Kerala are a dissatisfied lot and they won’t allow continuity to a government no matter how good it is,” he said. Former chief secretary SM  Vijayanand, social activist  Nikhil Dey, and state convener of National Campaign for People’s  Right to Information Abey George attended the function.

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