Kochi: Expressing deep concern over the Left government’s refusal to prune the personal staff of its ministers, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has said that now it is up to the people to decide on it.
Governor ‘s response was in the wake of the government accommodating the personal staff of an ousted minister with other ministers, media reports said.
The Governor said that the law is important and that he had made his position clear. The Supreme Court has also given its opinion in this regard, the reports said.
If the government is not willing to make corrections, then the people would be forced to act. The personal secretaries of the ministers are party workers who are paid a salary of Rs 30,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh salary per month and they become eligible for pension if they work for just two years.
The Government has not furnished the educational qualification of the personal staff as sought by the Governor, the reports said.
The Governor had said that the pension was adding to the financial overhead of the financially weak government and that the political parties should take a wise decision on the matter.
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