In Congress-ruled Kerala, the newly appointed chief secretary was pressured to register apology within the cupboard assembly on Wednesday after he raised concern over the alleged mismanagement and squandering of public cash within the ongoing Nationwide Video games.
Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson had been the particular director-general of the Widespread Wealth Video games held in Delhi and he had been serving because the director of Sports activities Authority of India earlier than becoming a member of again in his house state as the highest bureaucrat early this month. Accustomed to the problems within the conduct of sports activities occasions, Thomson convened a gathering of video games officers on Tuesday. The video games had already bumped into a number of controversies together with the conduct of the occasions in seven districts.
Thomson instructed the officers that the nationwide video games was not a cultural competition like Onam. He didn’t settle for the excuse of the officers that they didn’t get sufficient to make sure the graceful conduct of the video games. He additionally pulled up the officers for permitting the conduct of assorted cultural programmes throughout the opening ceremony with out rehearsal. Actor Mohanlal’s band Lalisom had its debut present within the nationwide video games.
The chief secretary mentioned it was pointless to spend Rs 15 crore for the inauguration of the video games.
Irked over the chief secretary’s adversarial observations towards the conduct of the video games, sports activities minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan instantly got here towards the allegations. He mentioned the allegations towards the video games have been a part of an agenda to destroy him politically. Referring to the fiasco of actor Mohanlal’s band present, Radhakrishnan mentioned complaints have been solely towards the band present Lalisom.
Radhakrishnan mentioned Thomson ought to behave extra prudently. “Nationwide video games couldn’t be performed like Widespread Wealth Video games. He shouldn’t attempt to turn into sensible by criticizing others,” mentioned the minister.
On Wednesday’s cupboard assembly Radhakrishan strongly criticized the chief secretary’s open remarks concerning the conduct of the video games. The cupboard didn’t endorse the view of the chief secretary on the nationwide video games.
Later within the day, Radhakrishnan instructed the media that the chief secretary had already apologized for his observations towards the conduct of the video games. “I’ve nothing else to say on the allegations because the chief secretary had already apologized for it.”
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy instructed the media that the state authorities has full satisfaction within the conduct of the continued nationwide video games. Chandy justified the spending of Rs 15 crore for the opening ceremony. “The quantity of Rs 15 crore was fastened in 2011 by the earlier authorities.”
Referring to the chief secretary’s suggestion to chop brief the closing ceremony and its expenditure, Chandy mentioned the operate could be held as per the plan. “Bills wouldn’t be trimmed down,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, CPI(M) state secretariat determined that every one get together members and legislators ought to stop from numerous committees of the nationwide video games because the get together doesn’t need to get embroiled within the video games corruption. For the reason that chief secretary himself has identified corruption, the get together wished its leaders to avoid the video games organizing committees. The get together wished motion towards all those that made the video games an event to loot cash, the secretariat mentioned in a launch.