Plus-Two: 'Coordination Panel to Discuss Issue'
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The KPCC-Government coordination committee meet, which is slated here on Wednesday evening, will discuss complaints and criticism with regard to the sanctioning of Plus II courses and schools in detail, KPCC president V M Sudheeran told mediapersons here on Monday.
He also said the coordination meet would also take up the vexed bar licence renewal issue and the liquor policy.
Sudheeran said that the State Government should moot appropriate steps to address issues related to sanctioning of Plus II courses and schools in view of lingering criticism and complaints, though nothing specific and clear on charges of corruption have been raised with the authorities concerned or the government so far. “When I spoke to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Industries Minister and IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty, they were also very keen that the matter should be looked into in a proper manner,” he said. “The government should institute a mechanism to address all complaints,” Sudheeran felt. On the issue of 418 bars lying closed since their licences have not been renewed, Sudheeran reiterated that the sentiments expressed in the KPCC general body have been conveyed to the government.
“The government is expected to tread cautiously on the issue. Since it is a key issue, the government cannot take any hasty decision. The courts have also opined that the bar licence issue is not a topic which has to decided on an urgent note,” he pointed out.
Dwelling on a likely cabinet reshuffle in the three-year-old Chandy Government, Sudheeran insisted that no talks have been held at any level so far. “It is not even known whether a reshuffle would itself happen,” he quipped.
Sonia to Address Meet Today
Sudheeran said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be accorded a rousing reception, when she arrives in the capital to address a special meet of Congress leaders in the state on Tuesday, followed by attending a public meet in connection with the 16th anniversary fete of Kudumbashree Mission. Sonia will arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon. To a query, he said that time has not been allotted in her itinerary for one-to-one meetings with any leaders during her brief visit. She will reach the KPCC office to address the special meet at 11 am, which will last for 45 minutes.
Later, she will attend the Kudumbashree anniversary fete. KPCC president will preside over the special meet. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik and Vayalar Ravi MP will also address the session.
Former KPCC presidents, incumbent KPCC and parliamentary party office-bearers, executive committee members, MPs and MLAs , state presidents of feeder organisations and party cells are the special invitees for the meet.
REVAMP A HUGE SUCCESS: Sudheeran
The booth revamp exercise carried out across the state on Sunday evening was a huge success, KPCC president V M Sudheeran claimed. Out of the total 21,458 booths, committees have come into existence at 19,903 places. In the remaining places where the booths were not reconstituted for one reason or the other, the same would be completed by August 20, along with reconstitution of mandalam -block committees by then. The reconstituted DCCs will become a reality by August 30 itself,as per the deadline,he said. As an ad hoc mechanism before the local bodies’ polls, ward level committees of the party across the state will also be constituted, Sudheeran said.