The cyclone preparedness of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government received praise from all quarters, including from its arch-rival the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), but tardy relief and rehabilitation work has made the people and entire opposition party furious.
Even after eight days gone many villages are not reached and Immense anger against the state government prevailed across the Cauvery delta region that is recovering from the havoc caused by the severe cyclonic storm Gaja.
Cyclone Gaja hit the coast of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the early hours of Friday, gusting with the wind speed of 120 kmph and causing widespread devastation.
According to the official estimates, at least 63 people were killed and more than 251,600 people have been evacuated to over 500 relief camps.
Several villages in Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukkottai are up in arms against the government. People continue to block roads.
The speed in which state government initiated the release of convicted criminals of ADMK party men if at-least half of it spirit shown in relief work then it would have rendered the affected people to come out of pathetic situation at earliest
A close scrutiny of below insight process gives how swiftly the ADMK government machinery acted
On February 1 this year, the AIADMK government issued an order for the premature release of around 1,800 life convicts who had completed “five years” in prison, on the occasion of the birth centenary of former Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran.
The three ADMK men, who walked out of Vellore Central Prison in the early hours of November 19, had torched a bus belonging to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, on February 2, 2000, at Ilakkiyampatti in Dharmapuri, in which three college girls were burnt alive.
The convicts’ list included the names of the three AIADMK men. The files in this connection were sent to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who reviewed them on a case by case basis.
Reacting to the criticism against the release of the three men in the bus burning case, the Raj Bhavan issued a press release on November 20 clarifying its position. While detailing the sequences of events, it claimed that the Governor “was not satisfied even after the file was submitted to him on 12-11-2018 for the third time for his approval”. This clearly suggested that the Governor’s office was totally unhappy with the State government on the issue of premature release of the three convicts.
But to everyone’s surprise the Raj Bhavan issued a second press release, almost similar to the first one except for the fact that the portion about the State’s submission of the file for the third time seeking remission for the three accused was missing. Otherwise both press releases, issued in quick succession, were similar.
The press releases said the Governor had objected to the completion of just five years in the total imprisonment period in the Government Order (G.O.) and insisted on the completion of at least 10 years’ imprisonment.
The State government, accordingly, issued revised orders as per G.O. 302 of the Home Department dated May 3, 2018. The files, including the ones relating to the three AIADMK men, the releases further claimed, were examined by a committee headed by the ADGP (Prisons) and were approved by yet another committee “consisting of the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Law Secretary and then approved by the Law Minister and Chief Minister” before they were sent to the Raj Bhavan.
The ADMK government lacked administration swiftness can anyone still insist