Kerala proud to be India's least corrupt state, Chief Minister vows to tackle lingering challenges

Pinarayi Vijayan
Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: Manorama

Kochi: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated on Saturday that while Kerala holds the distinction of being the least corrupt state in the country, there are still "certain individuals in public service who are resistant to change with the times."

While inaugurating the state conference of the Kerala police officers' Association, Vijayan said those involved in corruption will be brought to justice.

"Kerala is proud to have the distinction of being the least corrupt state in the country. But we cannot say that our government service is completely free from corruption. Why? Because there are certain rots in the services that are still unable to change with time. Such people are there in all services. We will not tolerate such people in any manner," Vijayan said. He said such "rots" are engaged in illegal matters and should be brought before justice.

"Officials should oppose those who are corrupt in the service and inform such malpractices to higher authorities. That should be considered as a responsibility," he added.

Vijayan praised the police force in the state and said it has maintained peace and tranquillity despite the efforts of communal elements to destroy the same.

"When compared to other states, Kerala is a peaceful place. We know that many places are affected by communal violence but no such incidents will take place here. This is mainly because we have a strong secular society. But our police force has also played a major role by reining in the communal elements in the state," Vijayan said.

He said despite the efforts of anti-social elements attacking the police as part of many incidents, the force has exercised maximum restraint in spite of the provocation. He, however, asked the force to be proactive in tackling cyber abusers.

"Our cyber team has been doing a wonderful job in tackling cybercrime in the state. But online abusers still think that they can get away after their cyber attacks...The Delhi High Court considered a case of a similar manner from the state and expressed shock," Vijayan said. He said a civilised society does not want such abusers.
(With PTI inputs)

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