WHY THIS IS DONE IN A HASTE, IN A HUSH HUSH MANNERA lot of correspondence is being done on the Smart City. Everyone is attacking VS for questioning the secret deals. As Com Redhat put it, it is not for his son or anything personal benefit that he is taking up this issue. Do not throw such derogatory words against a political leader or for that matter against anybody.
33000 jobs in 10 years and if not 6000 rupees (not riyals) after 10 years as compensation. Where is the 15 lacs jobs the UDF offered prior to the last election. Is this part of that? Even then how many jobs that they can offer in the next 1 year out of this 33,000. Say 3300 jobs per year. Do not make the kerala people fools like this. What happened to all other projects under GIM? Where is the 40000 crores investment? What projects except for a Express Highway, of 8000 crores, which at this juncture is not at all necessary for a state like Kerala.
Is a CM allowed to sell the state's land for such a low cost like this? Our Adivasis and others are crying for their eligible land for the past few years and the government cannot find any. But when a billionaire business is floated, the government is ready with land anywhere.
The CM is saying he is ready to share all documentation with the Opposition Leader. But why he is not doing it without any further delay. Why he is prolonging the issue? Just to make sure that everything is covered up. Why can't he just fix up a meeting immediately and VS is wrong in any aspect, we can take him to task. If not, will the CM show the courtesy to resign his post?
When the Vigilance Director said that there is rampant in corruption in the departments, the topmost being the revenue, which everybody knows even earlier, why the CM instead of taking action against the corrupt, going against the Director for saying so. Is he not trying to protect the corrupt? He has been doing this in the past and continues to do it- in many cases, his stand has not been that of a Gandhian as he makes it out to be.
Smart city is a welcome step. But all deals should be transparent. It is surprising that some of the very important questions on this deal has not yet been answered by the CM. He said there was not consultant involved, but once Achuthanandan said that a consultant is involved, he is compelled to agree. There are many other instances like this, in which he has been saying diametrically opposite statements.
At least at this stage the CM should make everything clear. 33000 jobs in 10 years is no big deal comparing to the big promises the UDF has been making. Yet taking it for granted that at least they can offer 33000 jobs in 10 years, is it justified that our prime lands should be sold (not rented, repeat sold) at a cheaper price. When you are selling the state's land like this, it is highly prudent that the government involves all concerned parties, including the opposition and intellectuals, to take them into confidence.
Here when you hear crores, you are jumping into the bandwagon.