THE KERALA Cabinet Monday decided to bring an amendment to the Kerala Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Act, 1951, apparently in an effort to appoint former chief minister and party veteran V S Achuthanandan as chairman of the proposed administrative reforms committee.
This is an effort to bypass the dual office of profit technicality for the nonagenarian, who is at present an MLA from Malampuzha constituency.
The amendment Bill is likely to be introduced in the current session of the Assembly.
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Under the present law, if Achuthanandan becomes chairman of the panel, he may face disqualification for holding dual posts, it was informed. The government is learnt to be planning to present the Bill in the ongoing Assembly session itself.
The CPM did not consider Achuthanandan for the CM’s post considering his advanced age, even though he had led the election campaign for the party. The proposed chairman post would have a Cabinet rank, which would allow Achuthanandan to enjoy existing facilities and supporting staff.-WITH PTI INPUTS