Kerala’s Progress Report Slammed as a 'Joke' by Opposition

The opposition Congress-led UDF criticized the Kerala LDF government’s progress report as full of 'untruths, exaggerations and falsehoods.' Leader V D Satheesan highlighted unmet promises in the agriculture sector and claimed dysfunction in other departments, including health and employment, citing a severe statewide financial crisis.

PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: 08-06-2024 13:26 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 13:26 IST
Kerala’s Progress Report Slammed as a 'Joke' by Opposition
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In a scathing critique, the opposition Congress-led UDF on Saturday dismissed the Kerala LDF government's progress report as a 'joke,' accusing it of being filled with 'untruths, exaggerations and falsehoods.'

Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan expressed incredulity at the claims made in the report. Using the agriculture sector as an example, Satheesan argued that the Left government's promises of increasing farmers' revenue by 50% and raising rubber prices to Rs 250 per kilogram had fallen short. He contended that the state government merely petitioned the Centre to raise rubber prices, failed in coconut and rice grain collection, and reduced the minimum support price of rice grain. Satheesan also pointed out ongoing crises in the agriculture sector and human-animal conflicts, which the government has been unable to control.

Satheesan further alleged that various governmental departments, including health and employment, were underperforming. He claimed that state-run hospitals were routinely short of adequate medicines, and wrong operations had occurred in government medical colleges. Highlighting the employment sector, he cited a Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation survey indicating a 31.8% unemployment rate between January and March, one of the highest in the country.

Additional issues were raised regarding the debt-ridden electricity board, arrears in welfare and social security pensions, and the near-collapse of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Satheesan criticized the timing of the progress report release, emphasizing the state's severe financial crisis and the empty state treasury, labeling the progress report release as 'a bigger joke.'

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, however, defended the LDF government's efforts, claiming rapid development over the past eight years despite multiple setbacks such as floods, Nipah outbreaks, Okhi and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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