New Kerala government to review all ‘controversial’ decisions

Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (IANS) The new Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in Kerala on Wednesday decided to review all “controversial” decisions taken by the previous Oommen Chandy government since the beginning of this year.

Addressing reporters after the first cabinet meeting, Vijayan said a cabinet sub-committee led by State Minister A.K. Balan will review all the controversial decisions taken from January 1 till the first week of March, when the assembly polls were announced.

“Certain controversial decisions were made and all such decisions that the subcommittee deems fit for a review would be done,” said Vijayan.

Another important decision taken was to appoint a special team led by top police official B. Sandhya to probe the murder of law student Jisha who was found dead in her home last month at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district.

“There were lots of questions raised right from the way the first information report was prepared and the way the body was interred. Till now there has been no breakthrough in the case; and hence we decided to go in for a new team,” said Vijayan.

He said he is leaving for Delhi to pay courtesy calls on the prime minister, president, vice president and a few union ministers on Saturday.

Another decision taken was to start the process of increasing the social welfare pension to Rs.1,000.

“We desire to ensure that the social welfare pension reaches the door step of all and for that we will find out the best possible way for it. All the outstanding dues will be cleared,” added Vijayan.

The first cabinet meeting also decided to take steps to professionalise the entire public distribution system to see that the common man benefits.

Vijayan along with his 18-member team was sworn in by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam on Wednesday.



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