Thiruvananthapuram: According to CPI(M) State Secretary MV Govindan, there is a misconception that the Kerala government is with the working class. He emphasized that India operates on a capitalist economy, and Kerala is no exception, being a part of this capitalist system. The notion propagated by the media, suggesting that the Left government in Kerala represents the the working class, is misleading. MV Govindan clarified that Kerala remains under the governance of the current Indian administration.
He expressed his views during his participation in a seminar titled ‘Governance in the New Kerala Era’, conducted ahead of the International Kerala Studies Congress. He highlighted the importance for the government to ensure a corruption-free state, asserting that corrupt officials pose a significant obstacle to effective administration.
Party Secretary said that the concepts of governance and government hold distinct meanings. The Indian Government comprises four branches: Executive, Judiciary, Legislative, and Fourth Estate. Among these, the government holds a majority in the legislature, while the other three branches do not have such a majority. However, these non-legislative branches of government do not share our perspective unanimously, as they have their limitations. Regarding the Pinarayi government era in Kerala, it is being hailed as corruption-free. According to party secretary MV Govindan, there are no corrupt ministers or instances of political corruption within this administration, and he guarantees its integrity.
According to Govindan, when he assumed the role of a minister and made the decision to ensure that entitled individuals should not be denied housing based on land surveys, he faced opposition from certain officials who expressed, “the minister can say whatever he wants, but we will not do it.” This highlights the administrative limitations within governance, primarily originating from corruption among officials.
Tragically, some officials hold the belief that they can act with favouritism, assuming that no consequences will arise if they neglect their duties. Unfortunately, Govindan expressed that changing this prevailing mindset and situation seems unachievable. What is needed is the mindset to change and the intervention to change. The latter is what we can do. MV Govindan said in the seminar that working as a minister, he understood there were benefits when he did that.