Kerala Government Thursday decided to bring a law to prevent nepotism in appointments in key positions in public sector units, a decision which comes in wake of a controversy over certain appointments in the PSUs in the Industrial Department. The decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting here this morning chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The cabinet also entrusted Chief Secretary S M Vijayanand to examine the various complaints with regard to the appointments which have become controversial.
“This is to prevent nepotism in appointments,” a statement quoting the Chief Minister said.
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The cabinet also decided that henceforth vigilance clearance would be mandatory for appointment of posts like Managing Director and General Manager in state PSUs. Besides this, a committee of national level experts will be henceforth make appointments in senior posts in PSUs in the state, he said.
The LDF government is facing flak after Industries Minister E P Jayarajan appointed some of his close relatives in key posts in some state PSUs. Jayarajan had appointed P K Sudheer, his nephew and son of CPI(M)Kannur MP P K Sreemathi, as Managing Director of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd.
The minister had also appointed his brother’s daughter-in-law Dipthi Nishad as General Manager of Kerala Clay and Ceramics Products Ltd at Kannur. Following the heat generated over the issue after Congress-led UDF and BJP launched agitation, Sudheer’s posting was quashed by the government and Dipthi, who had taken charge, resigned.