Heeding to the criticism that the second Pinarayi ministry is struggling to make a mark, the CPM has drawn up a plan to improve the overall performance of the government and its ministers. Several departments, including Home under the Chief Minister, came in for stingng criticism in the party’s state committee meet that concluded in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. The CPM has directed the ministers to change their style of functioning and move out of their comfort zone.
A common point of criticism that kept cropping up at the meet was the ministers were not people-centric. It’s learnt that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan responded positively to the criticism and admitted that the government’s performance needed improvement. The government will improve its performance, as per the party’s expectations, he asserted. The CM directed ministers to exercise more caution and focus more on the functioning of their departments. Even the first Pinarayi government had taken about two years to find its feet and do well, he said.
The CPM asked the ministers to get out of the ‘online’ mode to which they had adapted during the pandemic and travel across the state. In view of criticism by even some senior leaders that certain ministers don’t even attend or return calls, the party issued individual directives to each minister.
CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters that the party has directed the government to complete the initiatives started during its first term. More focus should be laid on developmental programmes. Ensuring justice for everyone should be the key focus area. “The government belongs to everyone. It should focus on activities that will garner more mass support,” he said.