Strict order to ministers to be in capital on 5 weekdays

Thursday, May 26, 2016,12:38 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvanantahpuram | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has given order to his Cabinet colleagues that all ministers should make sure that they are in the capital on at least 5 days of a week.

They are allowed to visit their constituencies on Saturday and Sunday.

On Thursday, a day after swearing in as the state’s new Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan arrived at his office at 9 am.

Addressing a press conference after the first cabinet meeting Wednesday, the Chief Minister had said
that there was a general consensus in the cabinet that children and women lining up with ‘thalappoli’ for receiving ministers during functions should be done away with. “I am not saying that no reception should be held, but forcing children and women to take part in it should be avoided”, he told reporters. ‘Thalappoli’ is a traditional ritual procession carried out by girls and women by carrying flowers and lamps in metal plates to greet dignitaries.

In the past, there were several instances of girl students getting exhausted awaiting VIPs, including ministers, for hours holding ‘Thalappoli’ under the scorching sun.