Kerala cabinet appoints Achuthanandan head of administrative reforms panel
Posted on:03 Aug 2016 18:29:26
03 August 2016 Current Affairs: The Kerala cabinet has decided to appoint senior CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan as Chairman of the Fourth Administrative Reforms Commission with cabinet rank.
Former chief secretaries Neela Gangadharan and CP Nair are other members of the three-member commission.
Earlier, on July 19, the State Assembly had passed an amendment to the Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Amendment Act, 1951.
This had effectively cleared the way for Achuthanandan’s appointment to the head of the Administrative Reforms Commission.
It had inserted sub-section (3) to Section 2 of the Act, which read : No person shall be disqualified or deemed ever to have been disqualified for being chosen as, and for being, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Kerala by reason only that he holds or has held the office of the Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission.
A public interest litigation is pending in the Kerala High Court questioning Achuthanandan’s appointment.
It contends that the procedure did not prescribe the qualification, method of appointment, or the constitution of a selection committee for the post.
By appointing a person who has only studied till VIIth standard, the state government is following the ‘spoils system’ for adequately compensating him for leading the campaign during the last elections on behalf of the ruling Left Democratic Front
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