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Take it easy policy in Kerala

Government workers of Kerala unite, you may have to actually work if VS Achuthanandan means business.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 22:57 IST

Government workers of Kerala unite, you may have to actually work if VS Achuthanandan means business. Inaugurating a government office building in Kayamkulam, Comrade Chief Minister created a stir among the non-working class when he stated that “not even 30 per cent of Kerala’s government employees worked properly”. That, of course, is not the reason for everyone and his trade union to be scandalised. Everyone already knew that 70 per cent of Kerala’s government workers don’t work as workers should. The shock is over VS’s announcement that his government was taking steps to change “this situation”. The horror! The horror!

As Mr Achuthanandan went on to state, it is not the case of government employees not working because they did not earn enough or get enough perks. It is the virulent monster of ‘lethargy’ [an udukka roll, please!] that is responsible for all those empty chairs in Kerala’s government offices on weekdays.

The intention of the state government talking with employees’ associations to change the non-work culture is noble. But isn’t it going to be difficult to convince government employees — who make Garfield the Cat look like an action hero — to work ‘properly’ when the CPI(M)-led LDF government gets all mushy about job security of workers, whether they work or not? We’re sure there is a VRS plan. Sorry, a VS plan.

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