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Lok Ayukta to cover all quasi-government agencies

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to bring all quasi-government institutions registered under two societies Acts under the purview of the Lok Ayukta. Briefing the media after a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that as of now only the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology, the State Audio-Visual and Reprographic Centre and the Institute of Human Resources Development in Electronics (IHRDE) came under the purview of the Lok Ayukta through government notifications. There were 117 other institutions registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, 1955, and the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in the State.

When in Opposition, Mr. Chandy had raised certain allegations against V.A. Arunkumar, son of the then Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan. Mr. Achuthanandan had referred the allegations, submitted in writing by Mr. Chandy, to the Lok Ayukta since Mr. Arun Kumar had been an employee of the IHRDE. However, Mr. Chandy had then contended that employees of the IHRDE would come under the purview of the Lok Ayukta only if employees of the institute were notified as public servants. Now all government-controlled institutions registered under the Societies Registration Act were being brought under the purview of the Lok Ayukta Act The Cabinet took a formal decision extending the working hours of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) to seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

It also decided to confirm 1,113 temporary workers in the Forest Department who had completed 20 years of service. The husband of Vineetha who died after a needle was left in her stomach following a surgery at SAT Hospital here would be given a government job and Rs.1 lakh as compensation. Besides, the Cabinet approved proposals for reshuffle of some of the Collectors and senior officials. Sports Secretary M. Sivasankar would be posted as Secretary (Education). He would hold additional charge of Sports.

K. Ilankovan, who was returning from Central deputation, would be the new Transport Secretary. S. Raveendran, who was Collector of Pathanamthitta, would be posted as Registrar of Cooperatives. S. Lalithambika, who was Collector of Kollam, would be appointed as Director of Scheduled Castes Development. She would hold the additional charge of Director of KIRTAS. P.G. Thomas, who was Collector of Thrissur, would be shifted as Collector in Kollam. V. Sanalkumar, who was Joint Excise Commissioner, would be posted as Collector of Thrissur. Sourab Jain, who was returning after training, would be posted as Collector of Alappuzha. Dinesh Arora, who was Thiruvananthapuram Collector, would be appointed as Additional Secretary (Planning and Economic Affairs).

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